Current immigration law makes it difficult for people who reside in the United States without legal status to get permanent residency or a work permit. Undocumented workers are subject to exploitation by employers; discriminatory state laws and administrative practices; and exposure to criminal violence because of a fear of interaction with the criminal justice system.
Even those with permanent residency can be subject to removal proceedings if they are convicted of crimes for which U.S. citizens are given little or no punishment.
Removal proceedings separate family members, place people in inhumane detention facilities and uproot productive workers to countries that they have hardly known. Undocumented workers are indispensable in agriculture; food processing; construction; domestic and custodial services; and hospitality. If they were allowed to participate fully in society, they could contribute in all fields just like citizens.
It is hypocritical for citizens to enjoy the benefits of a person’s labor and deny that person the basic human rights of security. Whether you arrive at a clean office building, or purchase tomatoes and onions at your grocery store, or enjoy dinner at a restaurant, you’re very likely benefiting from an undocumented worker.
Have the decency to urge politicians to end the current suite of unjust state and federal laws and administrative practices that prevent such workers from enjoying the protection of law. Let God’s commandment to do good for your neighbor extend to all those who make your life easier, whether you know their names or not.