When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he was making a bold and subversive statement: He was Lord and King, and Caesar was not. As the true Son of God, Jesus came to save, redeem, and transform every aspect of our lives and the world. Today we march in symbolic action to declare that Jesus is still King, and that all oppressive immigration laws and policies must bow to him and the moral law of God. Our current immigration policy is unbiblical because it destroys families, criminalizes those who contribute more than 400 billion dollars per year to the U.S. economy (UCLA N.A.I.D. Center), and refuses biblical hospitality to those fleeing death and violence in Central America and the Middle East. In the words of St. Augustine, these unjust laws are no law at all.
We march in solidarity with the millions of immigrants and refugees who currently suffer deeply under these broken immigration laws and policies. In the prophetic example of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and César Chávez, we carry out these actions today in love, non-violence, and fidelity to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Professor Robert. C. Romero
Co-Director, Matthew 25 Movement SoCal
Associate Professor of Chicana/o and Asian American Studies, University of California, UCLA