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  • Trump commended for halt to border family separations

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (8 hours ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Several Southern Baptist leaders commended President Trump's executive order Wednesday (June 20) addressing the separation of children from parents at the United States-Mexico border.

    One cited a resolution adopted June 12 at the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Dallas as an important step in bringing about the executive order.

    The leaders called on Congress to enact reforms to the immigration system. Read More

  • Trump's 'zero tolerance' policy denounced, defended

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (2 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist and other evangelical female leaders expressed their opposition Monday (June 18) to separating children from parents on the border as Congress prepares again to take up the immigration issue.

    The call for a change in the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that has resulted in family separation at the United States' border with Mexico came as Republican criticism grew even while executive branch defense of the practice hardened. Nearly 2,000 children were taken from parents or ... Read More

  • Supreme Court: Immigrant teen's abortion ruling tossed

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (16 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court stopped a lower court Monday (June 4) from setting a new precedent on illegal immigrant minors' access to abortion.

    The court threw out a federal appeals court ruling that allowed a pregnant illegal immigrant teenager to obtain an abortion while in federal immigration custody, saying the decision was moot because the teen already had the abortion.

    The June 4 action prevents the lower court's decision from setting a new legal precedent for abortion access -- but the unsigned opinion with no dissents failed to go as far as the Trump administration reportedly wanted to go. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Don't just watch the world pass by

    by Terry Sharp, posted Thursday, May 03, 2018 (one month ago)

    The U.S. has become "a modern crossroads of peoples from throughout the world," Terry Sharp writes, calling Christians to welcome and share their faith with "the nations that God is sending to our cities and communities." Read More

  • Hispanic families impacted by raid prompt outreach

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (2 months 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 (3 months ago)

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    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 (3 months 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)

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    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