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United Methodist leaders welcomed news of the halt of the Trump Administration's policy of separating immigrant families, but cautioned that the church needs to continue working for "compassionate and just" immigration reform. more

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Is this a Bonhoeffer or Selma moment for Christians and other believers to stand up to American brutality? wonders the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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The U.S. immigration crisis hasn't ended with the halt of family separations, and United Methodist witness is still needed to get Congress to adopt compassionate laws, writes the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe. more

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American Christians are unable or unwilling to grasp the idea that even their own nation will be judged by God for how well it takes care of the most vulnerable people, writes the Rev. Taylor Mertins. more

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Responding to growing fears of deportation, many synagogues, churches and other houses of worship across the country have declared themselves sanctuary congregations, offering support and shelter to those who need it most. more

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The contrast between the biblical interpretations of the Rev. Robert Jeffress and the Rev. William Barber could not be more striking – nor more indicative of the need to watch out for using scripture to support oppression, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

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Members of Allendale UMC In St. Petersburg, Fla., and their pastor, the Rev. Andy Oliver, supported immigrant Luis Blanco and are now helping his family following his deportation to Mexico. more

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The Pew Research Center reports that ICE immigration arrests went up 30 percent in 2017. Meanwhile, more United Methodists are actively providing sanctuary to immigrant families facing deportation. more

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With people of faith – including United Methodists and his own Catholic Church – pressing for a "clean DREAM Act," House Speaker Paul Ryan faces a moral challenge over protection for undocumented adults brought to the USA as children. more

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United Methodist advocates are working to present Dreamers as valuable members of U.S. society rather than villains and miscreants as recent political rhetoric has described them. more

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Revoking DACA and adding punitive policies have effectively taken away protections for some 1.2 million immigrants, writes the Rev. Lyda Pierce of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, who urges churches to help. more

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In the midst of a brutal winter, powerless undocumented immigrants face a cold future as they are rounded up by immigration officials. They need Christians to defend them, writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. more

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Stand for Justice

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Washington D.C. comes face-to-face with DREAMers and their allies at the United Methodist Building. more

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United Methodists' top-level advocacy for refugees and migrants has failed to flow down to hospitality and support for immigrant congregations, with sometimes disastrous results, writes Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj. more

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The women's mission organization supports the United Methodist Immigration Task Force’s call to the church to act for justice on behalf of childhood arrivals facing deportation. more

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton argues that if conservative evangelical Christians believe in atonement theology, they should support amnesty and citizenship for childhood undocumented immigrants. more

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DACA Rally

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United Methodists are speaking out against the deportation of 600,000 youths granted amnesty under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and are urging Congress to act immediately to protect them. more

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