Bishop Lee posted the following letter on the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago website.
September 5, 2017
Dear People of God in the Diocese of Chicago:
These are urgent times for Christians who seek to follow Jesus by loving our neighbors as ourselves. Today, we learned that more than 800,000 young people brought to the United States as children before 2007 are at risk of deportation if Congress does not pass legislation that protects them before March 5. Many of these young people, often known as Dreamers, have no memory of any other country or language. They are students and workers, homeowners and business owners, and some are, by now, husbands, wives, and parents.
Dreamers contribute greatly to our society and are integrated into our communities and congregations. But as people of faith, we are called to care for them not because they are good or productive, or because they are like us, but because they are children of God who are now living in fear.
On Sunday, Episcopalians and many other Christians read these words from Paul's letter to the church at Rome: "Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers." (Romans 12: 11-13)
Seldom does God's call come to us so clearly or with a such a specific deadline. Between now and March, I ask you, in the spirit of Paul, to persevere in prayer for the Dreamers who find themselves newly at risk and to be ardent in spirit as you urge Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that secures a hopeful future for them. The hospitality that we can extend to Dreamers by raising our voices in the public square could, quite simply, transform their lives.
The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee
Bishop of Chicago