Praying for Fathers Facing Deportation
On Father's Day, faith communities, civic leaders, elected officials, and immigrant mothers and fathers will join together for a vigil to honor immigrant and refugee fathers and their contributions to the United States and to pray for those facing deportation. In addition to anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies that are separating immigrant families, the U.S. fiscal year 2018 budget proposal asks for $4.5 billion (in addition to the existing $19 billion in immigration enforcement each year) to expand deportation.
For families who are suffering grief, fear, and separation today, we pray. We pray for people tasked with enforcing immigration laws, that they may act in ways that are just, that they can cope in healthy ways with the stress and sadness their jobs expose them to. We pray for all who have power to change and amend laws — give them wisdom to balance safety, wealth, fairness, and human kindness as they do so. On Father’s Day we lift in prayer the dads who are without their children because of immigration laws. Give them hope, Lord.