BY FACE HCIR Organizer Rev. Stan Bain
On July 31, 102 of us from across the country hiked from Capitol Hill to
the park that faces the White House. Supported by hundreds more who
were chanting, singing and praying, we took our stand in front of the
White House fence. We represented communities of faith from across
the country to send a message to President Obama, urging him to deliver
his Executive Order (since Congress has failed to act) to extend Deferred
Action to youth and their parents who qualify for legalization under SB
Our message in front of the White House that morning is the same
message we lift up in our immigration work here in Hawaii: Stop
separating families, don’t send the children back to Central America to
face the violence they barely managed to escape.
Yes, we were arrested. It was worth it. Yes we were all cuffed and yes my
mug shot is floating around the nation’s Capitol. But it was worth it; the
country heard our message of faith and love for all families.