Each of us has been entrusted by God with influence. We invite you to join leaders of the Evangelical Immigration Table in using your power to act for immigration policy issues, guided by biblical values.

Encourage Presidential Candidates to Read What the Bible Has to Say on Immigration

As we enter this election year, presidential candidates, many of whom identify as Christians, will be engaging more and more on immigration issues. Unfortunately, we have seen quite a bit of negative and harmful rhetoric when it comes to immigration, used even by these candidates who identify as Christians, which is not in line with what the Bible has to say about how we should treat our new neighbors. In a letter to presidential candidates, the Evangelical Immigration Table challenges them to spend 40 days in Scripture reading passages related to immigration so that their messages and policies can be grounded by what the Bibles says on the topic. 

Advocate for Congressional Action on Dreamer, Border, Farmworkers and Afghans

As Christian, we are compelled by the Bible’s clear instructions to speak up for vulnerable immigrants. In the last few weeks of this Congress, we urge you to forge bipartisan consensus to resolve several pressing concerns affecting our immigrant neighbors, including Dreamers, Afghans, Farmworkers and Border Communities. Time is running out. These urgent challenges will only become more difficult to resolve in the new Congress. “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act,” Proverbs 3:27 instructs. Join us as we advocate in the interest of our immigrant neighbors and of our nation.

Advocate for Afghans

Since August, many Afghans fleeing from the Taliban, have come to the United Status under humanitarian parole. The Biden administration announced Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Afghans already in the U.S., but this is not enough. It is necessary for Congress to act to provide a way for these vulnerable folks to apply for permanent status. If Congress fails to act, these Afghans will find themselves in an unstable, perpetual “temporary” status, alongside DACA and other TPS recipients. Ask your Members of Congress to provide a path to permanent status for all of these groups. 

Although the US has completed its withdrawal and mass evacuation from Afghanistan, thousands of Afghans uniquely vulnerable to persecution from the Taliban – because of their service to the US military, their work with US NGOs, their race or their religion – remain unable to get to the US. Many of these vulnerable people remain stuck in Afghanistan or neighboring countries. Join evangelical leaders in urging President Biden to not leave them behind and to approve humanitarian parole requests for those that qualify.

Urge Congress to Pass Restitution-based Immigration Reform

We believe that a solution to the problem of illegal immigration is long overdue. Deporting all immigrants here in the country illegally is neither feasible nor morally just. Immigrant families are integral parts of our communities, and children have been born and raised here who are US citizens. Many immigrant families have been here for decades, and many are members of local churches. We must develop a solution that fits the problem we have, solves it by upholding the rule of law, creates a process of restitution, and gives the possibility of integration so immigrants can fully participate in American life. 

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