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Supreme Court DACA order spurs call to prayerWASHINGTON (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
Baptists weigh in on Senate immigration/DACA debateWASHINGTON (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 DACAWASHINGTON (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 planWASHINGTON (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
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
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