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Evangelical Leaders Ask Trump to Leave DACA Alone

Sept. 1, 2017

The threat of a lawsuit from 10 conservative state attorneys general has led to reports that President Donald Trump plans on ending or at least modifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program that protects children of undocumented immigrants who were brought into this country when they were too young to have a say. DACA remains popular with voters, leading to widespread pleas for him to leave it in place. Some of those pleas are coming from evangelical leaders Leith Anderson, Russell Moore and Lynne Hybels.

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Moore joins call for ‘solution’ for childhood immigrants

1 September 2017

By David Roach

WASHINGTON (BP) — Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore is among a coalition of evangelicals urging government leaders not to deport individuals brought to the United States illegally when they were children.

“It is long past time for Congress to work together to find a workable solution for our broken immigration system — especially for the hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to our country by their parents,” Moore said according to an Aug. 30 press release from Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), a coalition of eight evangelical organizations, including the ERLC, that attempts to address immigration policy from a biblical worldview.

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Evangelicals to Trump: Don’t Deport Our Next Generation of Church Leaders

1 September 2017

By Kate Shellnutt

Some Christians fear their pastors, ministry partners, and fellow churchgoers could be deported if President Donald Trump ends federal programs granting legal status to immigrants who came to the United States as children.

 

In response to a threatened September 5 lawsuit by 10 conservative state attorneys general, the President is expected to soon tighten or terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has allowed 800,000 “Dreamers” over the past five years to work and attend school without the threat of deportation.

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Immigrant Advocates for DACA Keep Up the Pressure on Trump

31 August 2017

By Patricia Guadalupe

WASHINGTON — Advocates for young immigrants have been holding a round-the-clock vigil in front of the White House to pressure President Donald Trump to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Known as DACA, it has shielded nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation and has allowed them to work and study legally in the U.S.

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Baptist leaders ask Trump to protect ‘Dreamers’

31 August 2017

By Seth Brown

Several Southern Baptist leaders are among a group of evangelicals who urged President Donald Trumpand the United States Congress to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country by their parents.
 
The Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), a coalition of Christian advocates for immigration reform, sent letters to President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Aug. 30, calling for legislative action to support recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), commonly called “Dreamers.”

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Immigrant Advocates for DACA Keep Up the Pressure on Trump

31 August 2017

By Patricia Guadalupe

WASHINGTON — Advocates for young immigrants have been holding a round-the-clock vigil in front of the White House to pressure President Donald Trump to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Known as DACA, it has shielded nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation and has allowed them to work and study legally in the U.S.

Read more from NBC News >>

Evangelical Leaders Urge White House, Congress to Protect Dreamers

August 30, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Evangelical Immigration Table sent letters to President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) to urge protection for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) while Congress works on a permanent legislative solution.

“These young people have shown through their great determination and fortitude that our nation is better off because of their presence. They are leading in our churches and our communities,” they write. “They are studying in our universities and creating jobs for American workers. They are paying taxes. We hope that you will work to find solutions that allow these young people to stay in our country long-term and continue to be a blessing to our communities.”

The following are quotes from Evangelical Immigration Table principals:

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals:
“The Bible has a definite protection for children who were under age 20 when their parents chose immigration to the Promised Land for them (Numbers 14). Let’s follow the Bible’s precedent and protect those whose parents chose for them to immigrate to today’s Promised Land of America.”

Scott Arbeiter, President, World Relief:
“As followers of Jesus, we believe that advocating for this legislation is an important way to tangibly love our neighbors and to stand in solidarity with the many in the U.S. whose livelihoods depend upon this program.”

Shirley V. Hoogstra, President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities:
“As educators who believe that every human is made in the image of God and thus is endowed with dignity from their Creator, we want to support ambitious, driven, intelligent students who have dreams of contributing to their communities and want to pursue an education. We do not believe they should be disqualified from doing so because of acts they did not commit. These are inequities that must be remedied.”

Hyepin Im, CEO, Korean Christian Community Development/Faith and Community Empowerment:
“40 percent of California Dreamers alone are Asian American and Pacific Islanders. We ask that President Trump honor his past assurances and work with Congress to keep the dream alive for so many of these promising youths who know America as their only home. It is the right thing to do.”

Jo Anne Lyon, Ambassador, General Superintendent Emerita, The Wesleyan Church:
“These young people are the pride and future of our nation.  We cannot lose them.”

Dr. Russell Moore, President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention:
“It is long past time for Congress to work together to find a workable solution for our broken immigration system — especially for the hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to our country by their parents. Many of these Dreamers have stepped forward in good faith. Congress should respond with a legislative solution that delivers on the promises made to these men and women and protects them from perpetual uncertainty. Let’s pray for a fair solution that highlights both justice and compassion.”

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference:

“Dreamers are not bargaining chips, they are America’s sons and daughters, and right now, they urgently need our support. NHCLC has worked diligently, often behind closed doors, urging the president to move away from his campaign promise to rescind DACA on day one. The human toll that will be unleashed by rescinding DACA is potentially devastating. This is, and always has been, an issue centered upon the sanctity of human life. As a pastor, I cannot sit idly by while the federal government threatens to forcibly separate families by deportation. In the Scriptures, we read the timeless words, ‘Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.’ (Mark 10:9) It is no individual’s or government’s place to rip families apart, let alone millions of them. The scope of this crisis is simply breathtaking. If the president breaks his promise to us to protect these children, they should be prepared for a mass exodus of the administration’s Hispanic support. Even the most conservative among us will not sacrifice our children on the altar of political expediency. Let me be clear, should they decide to do so, we will oppose them.”

Pastors and evangelical leaders are also signing on to these letters! Join this effort at bit.ly/EITDreamerLetter.

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