Family Unity

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition Platform states that we look for immigration and refugee policies that:

Prioritize Family Unity

Families are the basic unit of strong communities. Unified families bring stability to individual households and strengthen neighborhoods and communities. Family members help one another navigate a new culture, pursue job opportunities, start businesses, and contribute economically, socially, and spiritually to society. As faith communities, we know that every family deserves stability and security. Children should not have to live with the fear of their parents being taken away from them at any moment. As we reform our laws to prioritize keeping families together, our communities will grow healthier and stronger.

Stop the RAISE Act of 2017

The RAISE Act would gut family-based immigration, call your members of Congress today to express opposition to this and similar proposals.

More than 600 faith leaders, congregations, and organizations across traditions signed this letter opposing the RAISE Act of 2017. Click here to read, download, and share the letter with your networks!

Past Campaigns

Make Tuesday Night Family Night and Call your Senator

Past Resources

Talking Points on Family Unity and Immigration Reform

Family-Based Immigration Basic Information and Frequently Asked Questions

American Immigration Lawyer’s Association Resources on Family-Based Immigration

Reuniting American Families Act

Statements and Letters

Compiled Faith Statements for the Congressional Record pertaining to the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing “How Comprehensive Immigration Reform Should Address the Needs of Women and Families-March 18th, 2013

Statements from members of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition for the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security Hearing: “The Separation of Nuclear Families Under U.S. Immigration Law”- March 14, 2013

Clergy and Social Justice Leaders Reject ‘Gang of Eight’ Efforts to Radically Redefine Family

Thank You Letter to Senator Hirono for her work on Family Unity Issues

Senators’ Letter to Gang of 8 on Family

Faith Leader Testimony

Testimony Of Most Reverend José H. Gomez Archbishop of Los Angeles Chairman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Before the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security on Nuclear Families- March 14, 2013

Testimony Of Most Reverend José H. Gomez Archbishop of Los Angeles Chairman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Before the Senate Judiciary Committee On Comprehensive Immigration Reform- February 12, 2013

Immigration Reform and Women

National Council of Jewish Women on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Women’s Refugee Commission’s Talking Points on Family Unity and Enforcement

Immigration Laws and Women: A History of Unfairness and Inequality

Women and Immigration Reform: Key Facts and Figures

Key Talking Points: Women’s Issues in Immigration Reform

News Media

Fil-Ams hail US immigration bill– Inquirer Global Nation

Advancing Justice Statement on the Passage of Corker-Hoeven Amendment to Immigration Reform Bill– Sampan

Immigration Campaign to Target 11 House Republicans– The New York Times

Chuck Schumer: House Will Pass Senate Immigration Bill– The Huffington Post Blog

House Republicans refuse to budge on Senate immigration bill– Los Angeles Times

No pressure on House Republicans to tackle immigration reform– The Hill

CBO: Senate immigration bill now cuts illegal immigration by half– The Washington Post

Asian Immigrants Voice mixed feelings on Reform Bill– Mercury News

South Asian Groups Concerned over new US Immigration Bill– The Hindu

Senate’s Passage of Immigration Bill seen as Real Reform– The Rafu Shimpo

The Senate Immigration Bill: A Q & A with Sen. Robert Menendez–

How Immigration Reform would Affect 3 Families– CNN

Proposed Laws put curb on Family Visas– China Daily USA

National Clergy, Labor Leaders Urge ‘Gang of Eight’ to Protect  Families

The Advantages of Family Based Immigration– Immigration Policy Center

Sen. Hirono Op Ed on Family Unity: This is Personal to Me– Huffington Post

Family Reunification must be part of immigration reform– The Hill’s Congress Blog

Don’t Leave Families Out of Immigration Overhaul– Bloomberg

Time to Strengthen Family Immigration– The New York Times