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Obama's Executive Action Isn't Outrageous. It's How Immigration Reform Gets Done.
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Press

November 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Fawn Johnson ...

Evangelicals a Mixed Bag on Obama’s Immigration Move
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

While Republican leaders blast President Obama for taking executive action on immigration reform, some prominent evangelical leaders are welcoming the president’s plans to keep about 5 million undocumented imm ...

President Obama's Remarks on Immigration Action
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 8:49pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Thursday evening, President Barack Obama announced he is taking action to reform pieces of our broken immigration system. See Sojourners President Jim Wallis' recap here. Below are Pre ...

Putting People Before Politics
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 8:08pm | Type: Blog

For us, the 1,000+ deportations per day means the breakup of families we have come to know and love in our own congregations and communities. Their families are now our families; their kids are our kids. For u ...

White House Announcement on Executive Action on Immigration Tonight
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama released a short video providing more information on a much-anticipated executive action announcement on immigration policy. While the details remain unclear on how many of the 11 mi ...

Catholic Bishops Call for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

“We are not guided by the latest headlines but by the human tragedies that we see every day in our parishes and programs, where families are torn apart by enforcement actions especially,” said Seattle Auxiliar ...

'Are You the People That Help Immigrants?'
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

Many denominations and individual churches — like The Bridge — are taking action to ensure their members don’t miss out on welcoming and serving immigrants, who in turn will help U.S. churches embody and refle ...

Declaring Sanctuary
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

As we approach Rosa’s 90th day in sanctuary, its time to replace the nearly burned down candle, but the light of radical Christian hospitality continues to not only burn bright, but spread throughout the natio ...

Election 2014: Here's What You Missed
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

The campaign wasn’t about the most important issues facing the country. Here’s what we should be talking about. In Tuesday’s elections, most voters didn’t see their candidates as ...

The Dream of the 90s Is Not Quite Alive in Portland
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

I’ve been here more than a year now, planting a church and beginning to work with neighborhood partners, and have come to realize that the dream for truly “progressive” values — like immigration reform and bri ...

Evangelicals Boost Clinics to Help Immigrants Navigate Legal Headaches
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

An alliance of evangelical organizations has pledged to dramatically increase the number of church-based legal clinics across the country to assist immigrants with the complicated processes of seeking green cards, visas and family unification. The ...

Reviving the Sanctuary Movement
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

Currently, the Sanctuary Movement allows members of congregations who are facing deportation to reside within the sacred space of a church, synagogue, or mosque in order to avoid immediate deportation from the ...

Welcoming the Stranger (Even If It’s Against the Law)
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Philadelphia faith leaders announced that they will welcome immigrant families even if it is against the law. They are building a movement of "sanctuary congregations" and have dreams that the U.S. w ...

'To Define Is to Limit'
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

We are not criminals. We have done what we had to do, what any human would do, to seek a violence-free life, to keep our families together, or, like me, to pursue an education. I am one of 11 million, and each ...

Why I’m Not Stopped by Border Patrol
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 8:49am | Type: Blog

I was 16 when I finished school in Germany, 17 when I finished school as an exchange student, and was 20 when I moved to Miami. I fell madly in love and we moved to Los Angeles. After some time, we moved to De ...

When Supporting Your Family Earns a Criminal Record
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

When I turned 16, I woke up excited, ready to go to the DMV and get my driver’s license like all my friends were doing -- and then my parents told me that I was here illegally. I was undocumented. Reality sunk ...

Will America Live Up to Its Promise?
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

When I left school, my status lapsed, and I became undocumented. Three years later, my mother was killed — a victim of domestic violence. With no “home country” to go back to and no way to adjust my status, I ...

Should All Americans Have the Right to an Education?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

If my immigration status weren't an issue, I’d be traveling, graduating college, and would probably be on the path to law school. My work in advocacy and in my community would have been exponentially stro ...

With Cantor Gone, Immigration Reform is All on John Boehner Now
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Press

June 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

What Are You Most Proud Of?
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

If I am sent back to Mexico — a land I no longer know anything about, who will be there to support my family? My sons, Issac and Felipe are my pride and joy. My wife and I go to c ...

Jose Antonio Vargas and Others to Apply for Deportation Deferrals, Push Obama on Executive Action
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week Jose Antonio Vargas, joined by ten other undocumented immigrants, announced the 1 of 11 Million campaign in Washington to urge the delay of deportations for the millions of documented immigra ...

Where is the Joy?
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

How do you talk about joy in times like these and not sound like a traveling salesman with a bottle of snake oil up his sleeve? Recently, I received word that Robert Gittelson, the cofounder of Conservatives ...

Mirror, Mirror
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

It all seems so obvious. Perhaps Paul gives us some insight here. Perhaps it’s because, like all things including immigration reform, what we think we see has little to do with reality. ...

Jesuits Tell Their Alumni in Congress: Protect Border Children
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

American Jesuits are pushing members of Congress who were educated at the Catholic order’s schools to pass aid for thousands of refugee children who have surged across the border in Texas in recent months, cal ...

Could Loaves and Fishes Change The Immigration Dilemma?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

What might happen if we were to look at the two goods of protection and hospitality not as competing goods in a world of scarcity, but as complimentary goods in a world of abundance? I think we might come up w ...

Deported: A View From the 'Other' Side
Originally Posted: 07/23/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

Now, we could argue this politically and enter into the endless rhetoric, partisan mudslinging and various interpretations of United States immigration history, but that’s not the point. The point is taking se ...

A View From the Bus Station
Originally Posted: 07/17/2014 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

“The United States is wonderful,” said one woman, after I helped get her oriented to what buses she would take from Tucson to Florida, gave food and snacks to her and her 8- and 9-year-old sons, and helped her ...

Jesus Is at the Border
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

So, why do we keep expelling Jesus? Because we don’t actually believe in him. We don’t believe that in Jesus God is setting the world right by showing us that there is a divine unity of love that unites “us” a ...

Why Are Evangelicals Supporting Immigration Reform? Q&A with Filmmaker Linda Midgett
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

The Evangelical Immigration Table commissioned the documentary “The Stranger” to foster evangelical support for immigration reform. The Evangelical Immigration Table commissioned ...

What Moves Mountains?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Do you have faith the size of a mustard seed? That's all we need. LOVE. THAT'S W ...

'...That All Men Are Created Equal'
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

People know. Not just Americans, but the entire globe. People know that the founders didn't mean it then, nor does this nation mean it now. People know. Not just American ...

The Moral Failure of Immigration Reform: Are We Really Afraid Of Children?
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

The horrible events in Murrieta, California on Tuesday reminds of the most important immigration talk I’ve given this year—the one I gave to my son’s fifth grade class. Did you s ...

'The Stranger' Shows Realities of U.S.' Broken Immigration System
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

The personal stories of immigrants who are facing the unintended consequences of our countries broken immigration policies are often left out of the national debate. 'The Stranger' offers just a few ...

Southern Baptists Pray for 'Favorable' Hobby Lobby Ruling
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

Southern Baptists prayed Wednesday that the Supreme Court would rule in favor of the Green family, the evangelical owners of the Hobby Lobby craft chain that challenged the contraception mandate in the Afforda ...

Immigration Isn't Dead
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was one of the craziest days in recent American political history. House Majority leader Eric Cantor fell to Tea Party economics professor David Brat in a primary upset no pundit saw coming. ...

With Cantor Gone, Immigration Reform Is All On John Boehner Now
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

The stunning primary defeat of Eric Cantor could be a blessing for passing immigration reform. The stunning primary defeat of Eric Cantor could be a blessing for passing immigrati ...

Our Country Needs Immigration Reform Based on Biblical Values
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

As immigration reform gains more and more bipartisan support in Congress, I am encouraged by our lawmakers’ positive steps forward, and I can’t help but think of my own story on immigration. ...

Evangelical Immigration Table Documentary, 'The Stranger,' Seeks Reform Of Laws, Churches
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 2:53pm | Type: Press

June 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Napp Nazworth ...

Who Is Pushing For A Legislative Solution On Immigration Reform?
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 2:41pm | Type: Press

June 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Vox ...

Immigration Reform Frees Us All
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

We are tied in a single garment of destiny. What affects our immigrant brothers, sisters, husbands and neighbors affects us all. May this interrelated reality bring us together in a united stance for justice, ...

From Detainee to Activist
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

For Nazry and I, our faith is paramount to how we think about immigration policy. The heaviest tears that we cried during his 10 months of detention were for the men and women in the detention centers who were ...

Believing in Miracles
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 7:12pm | Type: Blog

All we have to do is step out in faith and believe God in his abundant grace. This is the season for abundance. It is abundance of change. My name is Tabitha Sookdeo, and I’m 20 y ...

A Phoenix Easter Story
Originally Posted: 06/06/2014 - 8:38am | Type: Blog

The complexities of reforming our immigration laws remain, yet today I find myself filled with the hope that comes when one meets Jesus risen from the dead. I first heard about Ru ...

Bearing Burdens: From Evangelism to Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Without actually changing the system at the upper levels of political power, undocumented people across America will continue to remain in the “ready-made pool of victims” (as a policeman friend put it) as the ...

Defining Identity: Person of Color. Woman. Poor. Fatherless. Undocumented.
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

In the midst of these experiences, I had to define the core of my identity. I am a person of color. I am a woman. I am poor. I am fatherless. I am an undocumented immigrant. Indeed, it has been excruciating se ...

This Will Change How You See Immigration
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

The people we meet change our lives. Through hearing the stories and learning about the lives of others, we are transformed. And, it is for exactly those reasons that I hope you’ll watch this short trailer and ...

Pastors Gather, Asking God to Resurrect Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

When more than 250 pastors descended upon Washington, D.C., the event made one message abundantly clear: if immigration reform is going to happen, God is going to be the one who is going to get it done. ...

One More Time, Evangelicals Head to Hill on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Trying yet again with new voices, more than 250 evangelical pastors came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to push for immigration reform. WASHINGTON — Trying yet again with new voices, ...

Putting the Immigration Debate in Human Terms
Originally Posted: 04/17/2014 - 8:13am | Type: Blog

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush recently stated that people who come into the country unauthorized to find work and support their families are doing so as “an act of love.” In a Miami Herald op-ed, Archbishop Tho ...

Another Pro-Life Issue
Originally Posted: 04/10/2014 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

Commonsense immigration reform is part of a consistent ethic in which all of life is treated as sacred, and we will continue to pray and to act until we fix this “broken [immigration] system.” ...