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  • Hispanic families impacted by raid prompt outreach

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (11 days ago)

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    BEAN STATION, Tenn. (BP) -- Tennessee Baptists are ministering to families affected by the raid on a Bean Station slaughterhouse on April 5.

    Federal agents raided Southeastern Provisions, a cattle slaughterhouse in Grainger County in Tennessee, as part of a probe on allegations that the company was paying undocumented immigrants cash to avoid paying $2.5 million in payroll taxes over the past three years, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

    Of the more than 95 employees who were detained until their immigration status was verified, approximately 54 have been held for possible deportation due to their undocumented status, according to news reports. Those who have been released reportedly still face court dates and possible deportation. Read More

  • Supreme Court DACA order spurs call to prayer

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Supreme Court's refusal to fast-track a Trump administration appeal related to immigration has given Congress more time to resolve the fate of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

    In response to the high court's action, Southern Baptists with an eye to the legislative process have urged prayer that Congress will act justly and offered a variety of legislative proposals.

    "Everybody is tossing this [issue] back to Congress," said Mark Harris, who resigned the pastorate of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., last year to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. "... At the end of the day, it's Congress that's got to pass laws." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Immigration & the church

    by Frankie J. Melton Jr., posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (one month ago)

    The church, not just politicians or the media, has a role to play in the immigration issue, Frankie Melton writes, noting that it includes compassion, communication, understanding and relationships. Read More

  • Baptists weigh in on Senate immigration/DACA debate

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist voices are addressing the U.S. Senate's current effort to resolve the fate of undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children.

    Senators began yesterday (Feb. 14) moving toward votes on legislation to address the category of undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, as well as other parts of the tangled web of immigration that Congress has failed to address in recent decades. The Senate is expected to make decisions on a series of amendments in an attempt to agree before the Presidents' Day recess (Feb. 19-23) on a bill that will have the support of 60 senators and thereby overcome an effort to block passage under the chamber's rules. Read More

  • Evangelical leaders urge quick action on DACA

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist and other evangelical Christian leaders and pastors joined United States senators Wednesday (Feb. 7) in urging Congress and President Trump to enact swiftly a remedy for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

    The appeal in a Capitol Hill news conference came less than a month before the expiration of a program -- known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) -- that has given about 800,000 people relief from deportation. If no legislative -- resolution is achieved by March 5, an estimated 1,000 people a day will lose their ... Read More

  • Varied reactions greet White House immigration plan

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 26, 2018 (2 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The White House's immigration reform plan -- which would provide a pathway to citizenship for about 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children -- garnered a wide range of reactions after its main planks were unveiled Thursday (Jan. 25).

    The proposal includes not only a solution for the immigrant category known as Dreamers but $25 billion for a wall on the country's southern border and other border security measures, as well as an end to extended-family chain migration. Read More

  • Continued work for immigration remedy urged

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (3 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (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'

    by Seth Brown/Biblical Recorder, posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    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 media

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, December 01, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (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