Category Archives: General

UMCOR Responds to Immigration Crisis

June 25, 2014—The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responded today to a plea by the Southwest Texas Conference/Rio Grande Conference for emergency assistance to meet urgent needs of a “rising flow” of refugees crossing into the United States from Mexico. In response to an appeal by Bishop James E. Dorff, who heads the joined […]

Losing the Empathy Gap

We want to link you to a good article by Daniel Alliott – salon.com on the immigration argument: The way we treat immigrants is wrongheaded and counterproductive. Yes, they really are acting out of love DANIEL ALLOTT “What would you do in their shoes?” That’s the question I ask my fellow conservative friends whenever we […]

End deportations, pass immigration reform

1100 Calls to End Deportations Every day 1100 people are deported. The Obama Administration will reach 2 million deportations very soon. That’s 2 million people since 2009! People of faith are urged to call 1-888-907-2053 to tell President Obama to stop deportations. Can we get 1100 people to call President Obama? Take action today to keep families together […]

Immigration reform battle centers on conservative Tea Party bloc

By Alexander Bolton and Russell Berman – 01/26/14 12:00 PM EST The immigration reform debate in the House could boil down to a handful of influential Tea Party conservatives. Proponents and opponents of creating a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants and other reforms have zeroed in on “peer leaders” in the House GOP. […]

Immigration reform an economic, religious imperative

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell wants comprehensive immigration reform, and he wants it sooner rather than later. In a guest column submitted to MLive Grand Rapids Press, Heartwell says immigration reform being held up in the U.S. House of Representatives is crucial for West Michigan’s economy. Not only that, he said, but immigrants who move […]

Immigration reform can power U.S. economy

Former Republican Representative (R-MI) Spence Abraham and Carlos Gutierrez combined in an editorial in recent Detroit Free Press.  They are calling for Comprehensive Immigration Reform for these reasons: Immigration reform is a secret weapon that can help unleash the full power of the U.S. economy.  Except that it’s not really much of a secret. Study after study […]

UMC Bishop Carcaño meets with Pres. Obama

March 8, 2013, 5:30 PM PDT — Bishop Minerva Carcaño and other faith leaders met privately with President Obama today at the White House to discuss immigration reform. “We started off the meeting praying for the president and for immigrants, and when we were finished, he (Obama) asked us if there would be another prayer. We […]

Thoughts on Sean Hannity’s Flip On Immigration Reform

Immigration is the buzz after the election.  Even those set firmly in camps seem to be coming around.  Listen closely to those who speak – let your congressman know you support comprehensive immigration reform – pray for change! from  Benjamin Hart Posted: 11/08/2012 9:06 pm EST Updated: 11/08/2012 11:36 pm EST: One day after the […]

Friendship crosses borders

11/6/2012 Last January, West Michigan Justice for our Neighbors announced that they had been chosen by the General Board of Church and Society as one of seven national pilot Immigrant Welcoming Congregation (IWC) programs. The program is based on a successful model developed with a group of downtown Chicago congregations. Nikole Krueger serves as the […]

Deferred Action (DACA) Update

One month after the Obama administration started a program to suspend deportations of young illegal immigrants, more than 72,000 of them have applied for the temporary reprieve, senior immigration officials said on Tuesday, and this week the first approvals have been granted.