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Continued work for immigration remedy urgedWASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and some other evangelical Christian leaders are urging the federal government to continue to work toward a long-term solution for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children in the wake of reported comments by President Trump that have embroiled the effort.
Trump made critical comments -- allegedly marked by obscene language -- about African countries in a White House meeting Jan. 11 with legislators. The controversial remarks came two days after Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), and the other evangelicals had called for Congress to prioritize a remedy for Dreamers, a label that stems from the name of a bill introduced to protect this category of immigrants. Read More
Baptist 'Dreamer' wants people to know 'who we are'CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Many Americans are "unaware of who we are and what we're going through," Jose Ocampo, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipient and a youth minister at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.
Jose Ocampo, a junior at Wingate University near Charlotte, shared about his life during a trip to Capitol Hill in November to urge lawmakers to protect DACA program recipients like him, often called "Dreamers," once the policy expires in early March.
Ocampo, part-time youth director for Hickory Grove's Latin American campus, joined a group of fellow Southern Baptists in Washington, D.C., to lobby for a permanent solution by sharing his experiences as an undocumented immigrant growing up in North Carolina. Read More
Time ticking to protect Dreamers, Baptists tell mediaWASHINGTON (BP) -- Two Southern Baptist leaders urged Congress Nov. 29 to act soon to provide a long-term remedy for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
Walter Strickland, first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Travis Wussow, a Southern Baptist public policy specialist, in a telephone news conference called for a legislative solution as the deadline for action nears. The Trump administration announced Sept. 5 it would end a program that has given about 800,000 people relief from deportation but also instituted a six-month delay for Congress to act. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Reaching refugees, reaching the nations
Bryant Wright voices a call to "open our eyes to the immigrants and refugees God has placed among us" -- "whichever way the political winds blow." Read More
Migration a 'divine opportunity,' conf. speakers sayWAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- This year's Reaching the Nations conference brought together more than 500 people in person and via live stream to learn and grow in how to reach refugees and immigrants in North America.
The Oct. 27-28 event at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., occurred both as a catalyst and result of "a movement starting in local churches across North America -- a genuine awakening to the amazing opportunity we have to reach the nations next door," according to the conference planning committee. Read More
Illegal immigrant teen has court-approved abortionWASHINGTON (BP) -- A legal battle over whether the Trump administration is required to facilitate an illegal-immigrant teen's abortion ended Wednesday (Oct. 25) when the American Civil Liberties Union announced she had terminated her pregnancy.
ACLU senior staff attorney Brigitte Amiri, who represents the 17-year-old, said "justice prevailed," according to an ACLU news release.
The abortion occurred less than 24 hours after the full U.S. Court of Appeals ... Read More
Abortion rights claimed by undocumented immigrantWASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration is locked in a legal battle over whether it is required to facilitate an abortion for a 17-year-old illegal immigrant being held in a federally funded Texas shelter.
The administration claims it is not required to expend any resources to secure an abortion for the immigrant -- known in legal documents only as Jane Doe or J.D. -- including providing transportation to an abortion clinic. Read More
Ga. church's DACA ministry offering help, hopeMOULTRIE, Ga. (BP) -- The clock is ticking.
At the stroke of midnight on Thursday, undocumented residents who were brought to the United States as children will no longer be able to apply for deportation deferral. For the last five-and-a-half years, Georgia Baptists in Colquitt County have been working to help as many as possible -- in a state that reportedly has some 24,000 who are undocumented -- complete the paperwork which would temporarily delay them possibly being removed from their families and returned to their countries of birth. Read More
White House rescinds Dreamers program, gives Congress timeWASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration announced today (Sept. 5) the repeal of a program that has protected people brought illegally to the United States as children by their parents, but it also provided a window of time for Congress to act in response.
In a morning briefing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the revocation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a 2012 order by President Obama that gave relief from deportation to undocumented immigrants who arrived in this country before their 16th birthday. Obama issued the executive order after ... Read More
Moore joins call for 'solution' for childhood immigrants
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 ... Read More