From Rock Spring UCC in Response to the President's Statement on the Census and Immigrants
A public statement on the Presidential Memorandum issued on 7/21/20 re: Census and Immigrants
As a congregation that follows the teachings of Jesus Christ and as citizens of the United States, we condemn the President’s Memorandum signed yesterday that seeks to establish undocumented immigrants as “non-persons.” We view this as a blatantly racist attempt to exclude them from being counted in the U.S. Census and being appropriately represented in Congress.
Our Christian and Jewish traditions honor the text from Leviticus 91:33-34, “When an immigrant resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the immigrant. The immigrant who resides with you shall be to you as a citizen among you; you shall love the immigrant as yourself; for you were immigrants of Egypt.” In Mathew 25, Jesus speaks of those who will receive the kingdom: “When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me…” Jesus also says in Matthew, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”
Our religious traditions call us to uphold the worth and dignity of all of God’s children. Our constitution establishes the need to count all individuals (citizen and non-citizen) to better serve the needs of all of our people. 2020census.gov states very clearly states who is required to respond – everyone!
Establishing these human beings as “non-persons” is counter to our values as Christians, and as citizens of the United States. It echoes the mistakes of our past when people were identified as less than human.
In order to create and preserve a more perfect union, we encourage all residents to share this message, resist this intimidation tactic, and be counted! We also encourage you to contact your Congressional representative to have your voice heard.
The Social Action and Mission Board of Rock Spring United Church of Christ
Rev. Kathy Dwyer, Senior Pastor
Rev. Laura Martin, Associate Pastor
Mr. Chris Keefer, Council Chair