And then this fall, they'll return to vote on comprehensive immigration reform.
Voices of faith can make a huge difference. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, for which I am a huge advocate, is busy advocating for fair and humane reform this month, and you can participate. It takes your time, and your effort to write letters, either to congressional leaders, or to your local newspaper.
You can use a simple tool at LIRS to write to your representatives, http://lirs.org/action-center/support-cir/
At the very least, you can learn. Here are some great resources from LIRS: http://lirs.org/mythbusters/
Or use the following letter as a template and re-write it for your own context: