Photos: DACA Prayer Vigil - Columbia, SC

September 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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"God of love and justice, you are the god of all peoples of every nation and yet no nation. For you do not recognize our ways of marking and partitioning, ours and theirs, yours and mine, your mercy knows no boundaries,” said Rev. Tom Wall yesterday evening on the steps of the South Carolina Statehouse during a prayer vigil for those affected by the ending of the DACA immigration policy, “Your rule of law, oh god, is that of compassion and justice written on the human heart. We whose families were all at one time aliens and immigrants in this land lift up these petitions to you. We pray for all dreamers who live in fear of losing their dream. We lift up those so intimately affected by the ending of the DACA program and to live with the possibility of separation from the families that love them and from the country that they have grown to love. We lift up the president and congress who have the power to transform a desert of hostility into a garden of hospitality.”

 

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“We especially pray for wisdom and compassion for our South Carolina congressional delegation. That they would do what is morally right and not politically expedient. So we remember senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott and representatives Mark Sanford, Joe Wilson, Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Ralph Norman, Jim Clyburn and Tom Rice. Give us all hope in this time of uncertainty. May we who stand in the sun this afternoon be willing to stand in the shadows with those who hide in fear. And when discouragement haunts and our energy wains, keep our feet moving toward that promised land of liberty and justice for all. Amen.”

 

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“DACA is not perfect but it was something. It's better than nothing and so today we are supporting the dream act which is a lot better than DACA and we are supporting those who have DACA and telling them that we also believe in their dreams,” explained Ana Garcia of the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, an organizing partner for Tuesday’s event.

 

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“I personally became called to immigration issues when I started learning about where my food comes from because I started learning about farm workers and many farm workers are immigrants and learning the need for immigration reform directly affects our agricultural system,”  said Appleseed Immigration Policy Community Organizer Christine Burke, "I care so deeply about DACA because it's people who are my age. I'm 26 and DACA recipients are 15-30 and they are young adults and all they want to do is contribute to the community that they love and care for their families. And care for their friends. And they are my friends and they deserve to stay here.”

 

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