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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.    

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DREAM Act and Deferred Action

Wondering if you are eligible for Deferred Action because of recent policy announcement by DHS?  Are you: 15-30 years old Have entered the U.S. before age 16 Have been present in the U.S. for 5 years as of June 15, 2012 Have not been convicted of a felony, or significant/multiple misdemeanors Be in school, have …

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Hope for DREAMers

United Methodist Interagency Task Force on Immigration Praises President Obama’s Decision United Methodists across the country are celebrating President Obama’s decision to direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to stop deporting undocumented immigrant youth and allow them to obtain work permits if they arrived in the United States before they turned 16 and are …

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GR supports Family Day of Unity

Justice for Our Neighbors partnered with the Alliance for Immigrants Rights Michigan coalition to support National  Family Day of Unity with events also in Detroit and on Capitol steps in Lansing. The Grand Rapids event drew over 60 people for a 4pm press conference. We came together today across Michigan and all across the country …

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JFON introduced in Traverse City

April 21, 2012 Church looks into immigration services By MARTA HEPLER DRAHOS, mdrahos@record-eagle.com —- TRAVERSE CITY — All Alline Beutler’s brother and his bride wanted for their wedding was her U.S. green card. But obtaining one turned out to be a long, frustrating process. “I saw how challenging that was for them, and they both …

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Prayer for Immigrants 4/25

Join United Methodists praying for the Supreme Court, April 25 On Wednesday, April 25, while many of us will be busy at General Conference, the Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070. The Supreme Court ruling will either rightly to stop states from enacting these unjust laws, or will …

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