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April 21 – Immigration: Patriotic Integration, Dealing With the 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants in America

by Pray As One

And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine,
and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”
(Luke 10:32-34; KJV)

Patriotic Integration – doing what is in the best interest of America… first.

Immigration reform must include BORDER SECURITY and VERIFICATION, FAMILY REUNIFICATION and a GUEST WORKER PROGRAM as well as an INTEGRATION PROCESS for the 11 million undocumented already here, that will help us in knowing who qualifies to stay and who needs to be deported.

When it comes to integration, after 1) paying a fine, 2) paying back taxes, 3) having a background check, 4) criminal check, 5) health check, 6) learn English, 7) taking a civic class, 8) been here for a probationary period of time and 9) show good moral character: we believe you should be put on some type of path to legal status.

BORDER SECURITY and verification should be comprised of boots-on-the-ground, fencing where absolutely necessary, proper technology, and an effective employment verification system. FAMILY REUNIFICATION should not take up to 20 years to unite a nuclear family. If the nuclear family is united in America, a portion of the remittance funds would stay in the U.S. (Currently, $23 billion a year goes to Mexico alone.) The GUEST WORKER PROGRAM should allow the immigrant to travel back and forth between countries. Studies show that the U.S. needs immigrant workers in agriculture, construction, service industries, and the high tech/high skill arena.

Immigration reform is an absolute necessity – we cannot afford to pass this plight on to another administration. This is the time for Immigration Reform, and Patriotic Integration is possible. Immigrants awaiting a government decision and potential pathway to legal status, and American citizens, alike, deserve to have this monumental issue resolved through constructive, compassionate, and pragmatic immigration policies, as law that will allow immigrants and our nation to flourish as our God intended.

Point for Prayer:

Pray that our President and Congress will make Immigration Reform a priority this year.

Pray that our President, his Cabinet, and his advisors will do what is best for America – for its citizens and for the immigrants who have been wading through the process of citizenship for years, even decades. Pray also for those who came here illegally but are here for all the right reasons and desire a pathway to legal status.

Pray that our President and others involved, understand the heart of God when it comes to immigration and the biblical mandate in regard to the sojourner.

Pray for immigrants to love our nation and assimilate themselves into the American culture; for immigrants to pledge their allegiance to the Constitution of the U.S.

Pray that sanctuary states, sanctuary cities, and local governments will comply with immigration laws.

Pray for a renewed understanding of our nation’s history as a nation of immigrants.

Pray for the salvation of those immigrants that have arrived on our shores with other religious beliefs.

By,
Mark Gonzales                                         Herman Martir
Founder, Hispanic Action Network            Founder, Asian Action Network

 

Children’s Version:

April 21 – Immigration: Patriotic Integration, Dealing With the 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants in America

There are tens of millions of Undocumented Immigrants already in America. These are individuals and families who came into our country without the correct paperwork, or those who came in under a lawful visa but have stayed longer than the date they were supposed to leave. The government needs to decide what to do with them.

There are many areas of our Immigration policy that need to be updated, revised and improved. These areas include:

– Border security (how to make our borders safe
– Verification (how to prove someone wanting to enter the country is giving truthful information),
– Family reunification (how to reunite families that have been split apart because of problems with their immigration status),
– A guest worker program that is up to date, just and which works well (guest workers enter the country to do seasonal jobs and then return to their home country),
– Integration (helping those who are already here to be connected with all the services and resources they need to live a fruitful and productive life).

Points for Prayer:

Prayerfully ask the Lord as a family, “Who is my neighbor?” as you read the parable of the good Samaritan together (Luke 10:29-37)

Create an acronym such as the following, to help you to remember how to pray (the letters below spell FOREIGNERS):

Freedom: to worship, to work, and to live without fear.

Order: desire to follow the laws of our nation.

Righteous laws: to be passed and for and all to obey them, so that our country can be under the Lord’s blessings

Everyone: to receive God’s heart.

Immigration: reform.

God’s heart: for the government, individual citizens of every political persuasion and immigrants on the path to citizenship.

Neighborly attitudes: for grace to obey the 2nd commandment and to   outwork it in practical ways

Excellence: in law making, and in outworking the law.

Rules: based on Scriptural principals

Salvation: in the name of Jesus Christ to spring up and touch every person.

Together do a study on immigrants to our nation. Make a booklet to show:

– Where Americans come from
– How many nations are represented here
– What words in our language and foods we have are from other countriesSeek God’s heart for the richness and beauty of diversity. Every tribe,

Seek God’s heart for the richness and beauty of diversity. Every tribe, tongue, and nation is on God’s heart (Rev 5:9 & 14:6).

Remember God’s inclusiveness:

– All have sinned, whatever their nationality (Rom 3:23).
– God is not willing that any be lost (2Pet 3:9).
– God so loved the world (John 3:16).
– Through His death on the cross, Jesus will draw all peoples (NKJV) to Himself    (John 12:32).
– Come to me all you who are weary (Matt 11:28).
– Whoever calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved (Acts 2:21).

Ask the Lord to help you and your family to love those who are different. Ask        Him to help all Americans to both see and celebrate the richness brought to us by every culture.

Thank the Lord for His blessings, mercy, and kindness upon America, a nation of immigrants. Thank Him for the diversity in our nation. Thank Him for the richness brought to us by every culture.

Ask for light and truth to break into every situation, and for the Savior to knock on the door of every heart (Rev 3:20).

Modifications by Lelonnie Hibberd, an educator from thedanielacademy.com, a Kansas City school with strong ties to the global prayer movement.