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  • Varied reactions greet White House immigration plan

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 26, 2018 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (7 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

  • Migration a 'divine opportunity,' conf. speakers say

    by Seth Brown & Lauren Pratt, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    WAKE 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 abortion

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (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 immigrant

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 23, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (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, hope

    by Joe Westbury/Christian Index, posted Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    MOULTRIE, 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 time

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, September 05, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (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