Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Bible and Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The Bible weighs in on immigration, thus bringing the influential weight of the centuries on the contemporary subject of comprehensive immigration reform. How should the migrant be treated, according to the Judeo-Christian heritage? One need look no farther than the third book of the Hebrew Scriptures, the book of Leviticus, for instruction.

When the Saint John's Bible toured through Davenport, Iowa, I snapped one image from this impressive rendering of the ancient rule from Leviticus:

"The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you. You shall love the alien as yourself for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God."

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

View trailer: The Dream Is Now movie to pressure Congress on DREAM Act

Today, The Dream is Now campaign released the trailer for a new documentary film that explores America’s broken immigration system. Produced by Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting for Superman" and "An Inconvenient Truth"), the film tells the stories of undocumented youth and their families who are desperate to earn their citizenship in the U.S., only country they've ever called home. The 30-minute film will premiere on April 10 with a special screening in Washington, DC to keep the focus on Congress to pass immigration reform.

Here's the trailer:

Following the Washington, DC premiere, the film screens on campuses and in communities across the country. The campaign is spearheaded by an organization founded by philanthropist and widow of Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Davis Guggenheim.

The public is encouraged to sign the Emerson Collective's online petition in support of immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for America’s immigrants.

“Our campaign is going to do everything possible over the next several months to promote common sense immigration reform that will fix our country’s broken immigration system,” said Guggenheim.

“Over the course of reporting and filming the 30 minute documentary...we have heard humbling and compelling stories that we are confident will put a human face on this issue. We're really looking forward to sharing the film over the next month with both legislators and everyday citizens. By highlighting the problems faced by Dreamers and showing the economic benefits of fixing our immigration system, we hope to broaden support for common sense immigration reform in this country.”

Some of the central subjects featured in the documentary will travel to Washington, DC, for meetings on Capitol Hill and to participate in the screening, which will be followed by a panel discussion with Guggenheim, young immigrants, and policymakers. The Dream Is Now will screen  in states and districts of policymakers deemed essential to passing immigration reform.