Ten communities of religious sisters issued billboards Monday across Iowa with a Gospel message in addition to a statement calling on the president and Congress to make progress on comprehensive immigration reform in advance the Iowa caucuses.

The billboards read, “I was an immigrant and you welcomed me” with a strikethrough the phrase “a stranger” and signed “Jesus.” The verse is a take on Matthew 25:35.

The U.S. bishops’ conference has been active with immigration topics as well, calling for comprehensive immigration reform through campaigns such as Justice for Immigrants. On the same day the billboards from the sisters appeared, the 33 U.S. Hispanic and Latino Catholic bishops signed a pastoral letter to immigrants, expressing concern for them and solidarity, Catholic News Service reported.

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