The Common Good

PCUSA promotes pro-immigration push

Date: January 19, 2013

Presbyterian Church (USA) agencies are joining like-minded religious groups in promoting a “National Faith Call-In Day” for liberalized immigration. The Office of Immigration Issues, under the Stated Clerk, invited Presbyterians: “On Tuesday, January 22, let’s welcome the new Congress by making sure they know that people of faith demand humane immigration reform in 2013.”

The January 22 call-in day is not an isolated endeavor of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Instead it is a joint project of the Interfaith Immigration Coalitionhttp://www.interfaithimmigration.org/, to which the PCUSA belongs. “There is a clear need to expand legal avenues for workers to migrate to the United States,” the coalition asserts in a position paper. “To truly decrease unauthorized immigration, the United States should improve access to a fair and humane legal immigration system, increasing and improving the efficiency of ports of entry, expanding visa availability, and eliminating application backlogs.” Other member organizations of the coalition include agencies of the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church, and the United Church of Christ; the evangelical Sojourners and World Relief; and liberal Catholic and Jewish groups.