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Standing on the Side of Love
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Task for today is to go with a group of friends to support someone who is having his INS hearing today and is very likely to be deported, leaving behind his wife and American-born child to fend for themselves. We will, of course, help her and their child as best we can.

We are standing on the side of love, we sing, because having families torn apart in the name of the law may be legal, but legal isn't right.

Yes, you say, he broke the law and came here illegally, so he should be deprived of his home here and deported.

When a person breaks the speed law (also a misdemeanor), by the same logic, he should be deprived of his license to drive a car.

What makes sense in both cases is for there to be a fine to pay and depending on the severity of the infractions, steps to follow, time to lapse, to reinstate full participation.

We no longer throw debt defaulters in jail, either. It's time for the law to reflect love and community, not severe punishment of infractions. Severe? Have you seen the jail? Have you seen Sheriff Arpaio's tent city internment camp?

It's time to move past criminalizing people for minor infractions. If we can do it with drivers, with debtors, we can do it in other areas too.

Families are more important. Stand on the side of love.

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