St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn and the LWVIL Immigration Issues Committee is hosting an Immigration Town Hall with Congressman Sean Casten. There will also be a resource fair in the parish hall before and after the Town Hall with representatives from agencies and organizations that provide help and services for immigrants and refugees in the 6th Congressional District. The Wheaton League will share a table with the Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn and Naperville Leagues. Doors will open at 3:30 PM. Event ends at 5:30 PM.
How Are We to Treat the Vulnerable, the Persecuted, the "Stranger" in our Land?
Our nation of immigrants has long struggled with the challenge of vetting and welcoming those who come to the U.S. seeking opportunity and safety. How do we ensure that our immigration policies reflect our true values as Americans? Even though these immigrants enrich our nation with their courage, work ethic, and ideas, demagogues are increasingly scapegoating those who appear to have been born abroad–particularly from non-Western, economically-disadvantaged, and developing countries. How do we stand up to the growing xenophobia and racism that has led to dehumanizing policies towards immigrants, refugees, and detainees, including the forced separation of weeping, confused children from their parents? How can we welcome workers and immigrants into our country in a way that ensures that the United States retains its global economic and scientific preeminence while also ensuring all Americans share in that bounty? What are the moral, legal, economic and humanitarian considerations that must guide how we–as individuals and as a nation–treat the persecuted and those seeking better lives? How are we called upon to treat the vulnerable stranger? Spanish Version for Cabildo Abierto sobre la Inmigración.