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Treat Them As One of Your Own
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

Our immigration system is broken. It is hard for anyone to say otherwise. But I think our values are broken too. Think about this: why would anyone travel thousands of miles on a ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Movement to Keep Families Together
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

On Sept. 25 Francisco Córdoba entered into Sanctuary at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church in Tucson, Ariz., after the threat of deportation had been looming over his family's life for e ...

'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 ...

Faith Leaders Arrested At White House Calling For Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/01/2014 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

More than 100 faith leaders and immigration activists were arrested today during an act of civil disobedience outside of the White House. The activists were calling on President Barack Obama to take executive ...

Holy Eucharist: How We See Jesus in the 'Other'
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

When I see Jews and Arabs, Russians and Ukrainians, Sunnis and Shiites, I see Jesus in his divided, warring brothers, whom he calls me to love as he has loved me. When the Word b ...

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 ...

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 ...

Busloads of Turned-back Immigrants, an Image of Shame
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

Sometimes a picture says it all. Sometimes a picture says it all. Consider the 1963 picture of fire hoses and snarling police dogs in Birmingham, Ala., used against African-Ame ...

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. ...

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 ...

When Immigration Takes a Human Face
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

As the “immigration issue” continues to be discussed in our country, for me, it is becoming much less of a political talking point and much more about genuine, human relationship. They are my friends. They are ...

Why Have You Forsaken Me?
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

As I reflect on the plight of the undocumented immigrant in the United States today, I wonder if the words of the Psalmist, echoed by Jesus on the cross, don’t hit a little too close to home. ...

Feast with Your Family this Thanksgiving; Then Fast with Us Next Week -- for Families in Great Distress
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The debate about immigration reform has been very productive in America over these past several years. And that debate has been won — by those who favor a common sense agenda for reform. ...

A Call to Reclaim Our Immigrant Roots
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The “hospitality” we are called to is one of seeing someone whom we may identify as “other” and loving them. “I didn't come here because I wanted a job ... I came here becaus ...

Love Has No Borders: How Faith Leaders Resisted Alabama’s Harsh Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

On April 27, 2011, 62 killer tornadoes ripped through Alabama, destroying homes, lives, and entire communities. Two weeks later, another disaster struck Alabama — HB56, the most draconian anti-immigrant law pa ...

Our Stories To Tell
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

I wasn't interested in their stories about her. I was interested in her story about herself.  "We all have a story to tell." These are the words that will greet ...

Rep. Steve King: It's Time to Tame the Tongue
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

In making rash and ridiculous statements, King accomplishes little beyond drawing attention to himself and distracting attention away from the myriad challenges facing our nation and globe. ...

On Scripture: Fear and Wisdom In The Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

They have many labels. Undocumented immigrants. Illegal Immigrants. Illegal Aliens. Wetbacks. Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, recently suggested that most of them are “drug mules.” Some have even called t ...

Churches Shouldn't Be Think Tanks
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 8:25am | Type: Blog

I think it’s natural to have your views about the world change as you experience more of the world, and I wish it were easier to be honest about that when it happened. I wish it were encouraged. ...

Conservative Congressman Targets DREAMers
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Despite the progress on immigration reform being made in the Senate, this week offered an unfortunate reminder of the uphill battle any legislation faces in the House of Representatives. ...

Nothing Happens in Washington — Except For This
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

What I have heard after visiting 18 cities in six weeks is that people around the country believe that nothing can happen in Washington, D.C. They are basically right. So I am very grateful today to report the ...

Welcoming Christ by Welcoming the Stranger
Originally Posted: 03/30/2013 - 6:13pm | Type: Blog

As Christians prepare to celebrate Easter, let us remember that the life that ended on the cross began on the road. This Easter, let us remember that Christ the Savior began his life as an immigrant, fleeing t ...

My DACA Story
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

I remember clearly the day I heard the announcement on deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) as I felt an overwhelming surge of emotions in that one moment. A path to opportunity, however fragile and s ...

John McCain Gets Tough on Immigration
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

One angry constituent asked repeatedly where the “dang fence” that McCain had promised was. The senator turned to a chart illustrating how much fence had been constructed (hint: it’s a lot), and the man shot b ...

On Scripture: We'll Walk Hand in Hand?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Some 12 million women, men, and children across these United States await with bated breath to see what political deals will be made to construct either a pathway to citizenship or pave a road to deportation h ...

Shackles, Operation Streamline, and Spokes in the Wheel
Originally Posted: 02/18/2013 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

Operation Streamline began in 2005 in Texas and 2008 in Arizona as part of the deterrence strategy of border enforcement. Instead of the typical civil violation, it charges people who cross the border without ...

My Promise to Congressman Rohrabacher
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

I work hard, I study hard, I pay taxes, and I have applied for the deferred action program that President Barack Obama instituted last year for young undocumented Americans like me. ...

Conservatives, Progressives Call for Action on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

Today, both progressive and conservative leaders from the business, law enforcement, and faith communities came together in Washington, D.C., during the two-day National Strategy Session to launch a new consen ...

Bibles, Badges, and Business: Forging Consensus on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

It’s quite an accomplishment to get Bibles, Badges and Business together all in one room and agreeing on something this big. This reminds us all that Christmas and the holiday season really is a time for mirac ...

United We Dream Launches Platform for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

More than 600 representatives from the United We Dream network, the largest young adult immigrant movement in the country, have signed on to a new platform calling for an “inclusive pathway to citizenship” tha ...

Obama’s Immigration Opportunity
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 8:32am | Type: Blog

With conservative opinion on immigration shifting, a unique opportunity exists to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. As President Barack Obama prepares for a second term, ...

NumbersUSA Stirs Up Division With New Immigrant Attack Ad
Originally Posted: 10/22/2012 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

We all know the conversation on immigration in the United States can oftentimes become contentious, with inaccurate portrayals of immigrants inhibiting progress. The most recent attempt to fuel the debate with ...

Simply Seeing
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Did I see my student's mother as an undocumented immigrant? I simply saw her as a mom who cares deeply for her children, just as I am a dad who cares deeply for mine. I simply saw her as a parent who trus ...

Christians Deliver Petition to Repeal Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's Executive Order
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

Today, two Christian leaders in Arizona delivered a petition signed by thousands of Christians to Gov. Jan Brewer calling on her to retract her controversial executive order denying driver’s licenses and other ...

How Private Prisons are Profiting From Immigrants
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Arresting undocumented immigrants means big money for private prisons. As reported by The Associated Press last week: Locking up illegal immigrants has grown profound ...

'Homeland' Asks Tough Questions About Immigration Policy
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Can America still afford to be a generous immigrant nation? Can it afford not to be? Can America still afford to be a generous immigrant nation? Can it afford not to be? These ...

Undocumented or Illegal?
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

When people who have immigrated to another country through methods other than the official legal system are discussed, we hear quite a few words bandied about: “illegal,” “undocumented,” and “alien” just to na ...

DREAMers: Not So Different From Me
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

When I was a very young child, my parents decided a better future would likely be afforded for me in the U.S. Before an age when I could comprehend the situation and without my given consent, I was brought acr ...

BREAKING: Relief, Work Permits Offered to Certain Immigrants
Originally Posted: 06/15/2012 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, has been at the forefront, pushing for changes to immigration policies that rip apart families. According to the Associated Press ...

Alabama’s Indefensible New Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 05/25/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Last week, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley made a morally indefensible decision. He signed HB 658, which intensifies the climate of fear that already hangs over Alabama like low dark clouds before a hurricane. ...

G92, Immigration Reform, and a Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

I was in Birmingham to speak at the G92 South Conference, a one-day conference at Samford University to challenge students to think about God's commands regarding immigrants. ...

MUST LISTEN: This American Life’s “Alien Experiment”
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

There are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in U.S., and for years addressing this issue has come in two forms: deportation or citizenship. But recently, there’s a third option on the table: self-deportation. This approach, which involves ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 25, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Obama Speech: State Of The Union Address Carries Emphatic Populist Challenge Declaring the American dream under siege, President Barack Obama delivered a populist challenge Tuesday night to shrink the gap between rich and poor ...

The Morning News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 TIME: Person Of The Year - The Protester Once upon a time, when major news events were chronicled strictly by professionals and pr ...

A Society That Doesn't Believe In The Family
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

If we truly are pro-family, it’s time for us to demonstrate that it means all families, at all times, in all circumstances. " Shattered Families ," a new report from t ...