My first thought is that we need to push hard for this simply because it is the right thing to do and it provides an alleviation of suffering for people who have suffered greatly under this Administration.
But I think in addition to that - which frankly, is enough for me - is the fact that this provides an opportunity for us, the faith community and more specifically the Church, to remind the WH (White House), the media, the public, and especially ourselves what this issue is all about - this is first and foremost a human rights issue. For far too long we (faith community, particularly the Church) have played along and allowed corporate interests to define this as an economic prosperity/border and national security issue. Immigrants are reduced to units of profit or potential servants of patriotism.
I read something on my commute this morning which I believe rightly characterizes the DC-based immigration coalition and the way in which we have sold our birthright for a bowl of crappy soup, my comments are in brackets:
"Economic monopoly, cultural monopoly, and political monopoly coalesce in the same exclusive club of corporate power. This group is beyond politics and ready to collaborate with any political system [including a social system, which is the Church] so long as the system accepts its rules of the game and is ready to assume its cultural forms." (Collier & Esteban, 1998, p. 40)
This is exactly what we have allowed to be done and with the religious conservative roundtable and their horrible list of principles (a "guarantee of a secure border" and "fairness to taxpayers" must have made the corporate/nationalistic interests happy beyond measure), the corporate/nationalistic powers now have the legitimacy of a small narrow piece of the Church sanctifying their interests - this narrow slice of the Church that has been called the entirety of "the faith community" by the media and upper East side funders. This is why the inclusion of religious conservatives has been detrimental to the larger goal of genuine reform.
Yes, pushing for an end to deportations and universal DACA might scare Republicans into compromising on some extraordinarily watered-down version of immigration reform - i.e. the Senate bill - if they think the President will act, the Republicans will get nothing out of it and the President will get all of the credit. But to be honest, I get so tired of these kinds of political projections and shenanigans that even before I am done writing this sentence I am bored to death.
I think we push hard for universal DACA and for a complete end to all deportations because it provides relief to suffering people and because it might deliver the Church from the corporate entanglements that have kept us from sounding like and behaving like the Church. We frankly should have been calling for this all along, but this moment gives us a gracious opportunity to recover our voice that has been lost because we want so desperately to be politically relevant. We want desperately - too desperately I believe - to keep our political access, even though we put at possible risk our ability to remain incarnated among people who truly are vulnerable to the actions of this Administration.
We have to hear their voices now more than ever and I have yet to hear the voice of an immigrant say it is ok for the White House to continue deportations because it is a good idea politically. I just hear people saying stop the madness.
And this wouldn't be the first time that the Church finds liberation through listening first to the people directly impacted by injustice and broken systems.
Just my two cents