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Reader Input: Where faith meets politics

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On Feb. 6, I, along with a representative from the Sacramento Catholic Diocese and four local faith leaders representing People Improving Communities through Organizing National Network (the largest faith-based organizing network in the country), met with Congressman Tom McClintock’s staff in the Granite Bay district office to discuss his platform on immigration. We appreciate Rep. McClintock’s staff for this introductory meeting. We also look forward to working together in efforts to strengthen our community.
Norman Gonzalez, the congressman’s community outreach director for the district, was polite, helpful and open throughout our hour-and-a-half meeting.
He shared how deeply the congressman connects with the idea that our nation is one of immigrants and always will be. He shared the concern of honoring our legal system with just immigration reform. And, most inspiring of all, he stated that the congressman’s doors “are always open to you.”
Those words of welcome are appreciated. We are encouraged by such a gracious invitation, and value a meeting in March with the congressman himself to discuss immigration.
As people of faith we recognize that coming immigration reform will greatly impact his constituents, the faith communities and those among us who are currently living in shadows.
Flora Csontos, community organizer/organizadora comunitaria, Personas en Fe Juntas del Condado de Placer, Placer People of Faith Together (PPOFT), PICO National Network, Auburn