Priests, ministers and rabbis throughout Houston, Texas took to their pulpits over the weekend and uniformly endorsed immigration reform that would provide a path to citizenship. The head of the Catholic Church in the area Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, leaders of other Christian denominations and some Jewish leaders sent letters urging member churches to take up the cause. The effort is being organized by the interfaith group, the Metropolitan Organization in an effort to recognize immigration as a positive for the country and part of its history.
All involved recognized it is an uphill battle in conservative Texas and especially in Houston that has seen the white majority on the decline. Nonetheless religious leaders hope their congregations will remember it is a “religious obligation” to welcome strangers.