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Judge Blocks Trump’s Plan to End DACA; Gov’t Ordered to Renew Dreamers’ Applications

January 10, 2018
A U.S. judge in San Francisco temporarily barred President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday from ending a program shielding young people brought to the United States illegally by their parents from deportation.
The Trump administration announced in September it would rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a decision that was challenged in multiple federal courts by a variety of Democratic state attorneys general, organizations and individuals.

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Latino Churches Fear Impact of Homeland Security Decisions

January 9, 2018

The Trump administration’s latest change in immigration policy has shaken the believers and converts from El Salvador who fill Spanish-speaking evangelical churches in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it would end temporary protected status (TPS) for the roughly 200,000 Salvadorans allowed to live in the US without fear of deportation following a pair of earthquakes in their country in 2001.

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Líderes evangélicos conservadores urgen al DHS extender el TPS para los salvadoreños

January 4, 2018

Líderes evangélicos conservadores urgieron este jueves a la secretaria de Seguridad Nacional, Kirstjen Nielsen, a que extienda el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS) para cerca de 200,000 salvadoreños cuando anuncie su decisión el lunes próximo, para dar tiempo a que el Congreso reforme el programa.

En una carta enviada hoy, líderes de la llamada “Mesa Evangélica sobre Inmigración” (“Evangelical Immigration Table”) indicaron que si bien es necesario reformar el programa de alivio migratorio instituido por el Congreso en 1990, ese proceso requerirá tiempo, y una extensión del TPS evitará la separación de familias.


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Cash is king in campaigns to keep immigrants under temporary protected status in U.S

January 4, 2018

Salvadorans living in the U.S. are, by most accounts, devoted workers with high workforce participation rates and better-than-average education levels compared with their countrymen still living in El Salvador.
That makes it all the more surprising that the Salvadoran government is working desperately to try to make sure hundreds of thousands of them never come back home, where they could be of huge help to rebuilding a troubled society.

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Austin pastor joins call to support Dreamers

December 20, 2017

AUSTIN—A conservative Southern Baptist pastor from Austin joined other community leaders from around Texas in urging Congress to pass permanent legislation as soon as possible to benefit Dreamers—young people brought to the United States as children.

Tim Moore, pastor of Walk Worthy Baptist Church in Austin, a congregation affiliated with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, participated in the Texas Support for Dreamers call to Congress Dec. 19.

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Evangelical Leaders Call on Congress for Dreamer Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 9, 2018— Evangelical leaders sent a letter today to members of Congress, asking them to prioritize passing a legislative solution for Dreamers without further delay.

“We are disappointed that, nearly four months after the announcement of the termination of the [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] DACA program, there has still been no legislative solution for these young people,” they write. “… We continue to call on you to take action now on a legislative solution that allows these young people to continue working lawfully, to continue contributing to our communities.”

This letter follows August letters to the president and congressional leadership also calling for legislative action on Dreamers, to which more than 3,450 pastors and evangelical leaders from all 50 states since have signed on.

The following are quotes today from Evangelical Immigration Table leaders:

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals:
“Giving hope is something America is really good at doing. Taking it away again is neither a Christian nor American ideal. It’s time to give permanent hope to Dreamers raised in the USA who love and serve our country.”

Scott Arbeiter, President, World Relief:
“At World Relief, we’ve worked in partnership with local churches to assist thousands of young people to apply for work authorization through the DACA program over the past five years. Now, these Dreamers are beginning to lose their permission to work, and thus their jobs and their livelihoods as well. Each day that passes without Congress passing a legislative solution for these Dreamers, more individuals are directly impacted, as are their families, their churches, their employers, and our economy. We urge Congress to act immediately to pass a bill that will allow these young people to keep their jobs, to continue to contribute, and eventually to earn citizenship in the country that they call their home.”

Shirley V. Hoogstra, President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities:
“Christian college and university campuses throughout the country have been blessed by the presence of Dreamer students. Many Dreamers have been able to pursue higher education because of the work authorization and protections from deportation offered through the DACA program, which is now being phased out. These Dreamers are integral members of campus communities and of this nation, which they have embraced as their own. Congress should act urgently to resolve their status.”

Hyepin Im, President and CEO, Faith and Community Empowerment:
“Let’s invest in building lives and the future of our country. These Dreamers have demonstrated that they deserve the opportunity to contribute to the future of our country. We urge you to introduce legislation so that these individuals can move forward and we can all invest our energy in building our country and achieving the American dream for all.”

Jo Anne Lyon, Ambassador, The Wesleyan Church:
“Only Congress has the authority to permanently resolve the urgent situation faced by Dreamers, and they should not defer action any longer. I hope that they will heed the biblical wisdom of Proverbs 3:27-28: ‘Do not withhold good to those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you” — when you already have it with you.’ Congress can and should act immediately.”

Dr. Russell Moore, President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention:
“Dreamers have been working as productive members of our communities and sitting in the pews next to us in our churches. They are parts of families, including many who are parents of U.S. citizen children. Dreamers have come forward at the invitation and request of the federal government — and now the government has changed the rules. So the Congress has a responsibility to act, and to do so quickly. Justice delayed is justice denied.”

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference:
“As hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients face the impending expiration of their work authorization and protection from deportation, evangelical Christians are standing with them. Many of these Dreamers are integral members of local churches throughout our country, and what affects them affects all of us. We’re praying that Congress will quickly come together to find a permanent, inclusive solution for Dreamers. Further delay is unacceptable.”


Evangelical Leaders to DHS: Extend Temporary Protected Status


WASHINGTON, D.C. NOVEMBER 1, 2017 — Today Evangelical Immigration Table leaders sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security calling for the extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador.

Ahead of a Sunday TPS extension deadline for Honduras and Nicaragua and with the other countries’ deadlines looming, signatories are asking DHS to give Congress time, via an extension, to reform the TPS program and provide a long-term solution.

The following are quotes from Evangelical Immigration Table principals:

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals:
“Jesus celebrated the Good Samaritan for giving temporary protected status to a stranger who was in life-threatening circumstances without help. Extending TPS to those America has protected in the past helps make the USA into a Good Samaritan country.”

Scott Arbeiter, President, World Relief:
“As World Relief and our partner churches serve immigrants in communities throughout the U.S., we have had the opportunity to help many Central American and Haitian individuals to apply for and to renew their TPS status. We have seen the profound difference that this access to work authorization and protection from deportation has made in their lives, and the ways that they in turn have contributed back to their churches and communities. At the same time, as we partner with local churches outside of the U.S., we witness firsthand the tenuous situation that many of these countries are in, which could be further destabilized if TPS were to be withdrawn now. I’m praying both that Congress will act to permanently resolve this situation and that the Department of Homeland Security will renew these designations in the meantime.”

Shirley V. Hoogstra, President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities:
“In the wake of unimaginable natural and human disasters that rendered their countries of origin unsafe, individuals with Temporary Protected Status have put down roots here. They have contributed to, and continue to contribute to, our society by forming families and strengthening our economy as students, workers, entrepreneurs and consumers. Extending Temporary Protected Status is the right thing to do for both the American economy and for American families.”

Hyepin Im, CEO, Korean Christian Community Development/Faith and Community Empowerment:
“Much like in the situation of the Dreamers who have benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and now risk losing work authorization and becoming vulnerable to deportation, individuals who have been granted TPS have acted in good faith at the invitation of the federal government, paying fees, passing multiple criminal background checks, and working to provide for their families. In my state of California alone, there are more than 50,000 individuals with TPS, and to withdraw that status now would harm not only them, but the communities of which they are a part.”

Jo Anne Lyon, Ambassador, General Superintendent Emerita, The Wesleyan Church:
“Throughout the Bible, God makes very clear that He cares for vulnerable immigrants — and He commands His people to do the same. I’m grateful that our country offered protections to the roughly 300,000 individuals who presently benefit from TPS when their respective countries faced humanitarian catastrophes. Even though many years have passed since those initial designations, each of these countries has faced additional challenges more recently: El Salvador and Honduras have among the highest murder rates in the world, and Nicaragua and Haiti, the two poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, have recently been hit by serious hurricanes. To send so many people back to these situations right now would be inhumane, and I hope our government will make a way for these individuals to continue to live and work lawfully within the United States.”

Dr. Russell Moore, President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention:
“It is not in the best interest of a society to separate families, or to force them into volatile situations. And yet, fears of such are exactly what many immigrants who have been granted TPS feel — men and women who have come forward by invitation of our government, obeyed the law, and contributed much to our churches and society. It’s no secret that our immigration system is broken and that reforms are needed. I’m eager to work with Congress to work toward needed change that would balance security and compassion. But in the meantime, I very much hope Acting Secretary Duke will renew TPS for these individuals.”

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference:
“The tens of thousands of congregations that make up the NHCLC include many, many individuals whose lives and livelihoods depend upon having been granted TPS. These are individuals who have passed repeated background checks, who have provided for themselves and their families, and who are vital parts of the Church in the United States. Given the harsh conditions that persist in their countries of origin, now is not the time to withdraw TPS.”


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