Friday, November 21, 2014
I watched Obama's speech describing his executive order on immigration with a group of people who gathered at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church where Francisco Perez Cordova has been in sanctuary for the past few months. Obama's executive action means that Francisco will able to live in the U.S. without fear of deportation, though it's not clear exactly when he'll be able to leave the church.
After Obama finished, Pastor Jim Wiltbank talked to the people gathered there with Francisco at his side.
"Sixty days ago," he said, talking to Francisco, "we stood here in this place. We struggled with the question, what do we do now? We didn't know how long it would be. Now we know. We don't know the exact date, but we know the process. President Obama said you get to stay."
When the applause died down, Francisco managed a tearful, "Thank you."
Francisco’s wife and children were there as well. "We are so thankful that their father gets to stay here with his family,” Wiltbank continued, “and together, we get to change the United States."
"A lot of work went into making this day happen," he said, addressing those who helped with the sanctuary process. "Your letters, your calls, your being with Francisco, all of your love has made this happen. Let us continue loving this family and continue loving all those who others don't yet qualify, who are left out of this action. Let's continue to work."