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Immigration Update: September 5, 2017

Moments ago, the Trump administration announced the long anticipated decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While the program currently remains in place, current DACA recipients will see their protection revoked starting in 6 months, and no new DACA applications filed after today will be considered. If Congress does not act and pass legislation for DREAMers before March 5, 2018, these youth could lose their ability to work and begin to be deported back to countries they don’t call home. 

DACA provides over 800,000 young undocumented individuals temporary protection from deportation and work permits that are renewed every two years. DACA has been described as a "life changing" program that has allowed these young people to come out of the shadows and freely pursue their dreams as God has intended for their lives.

Take Action to Protect Dreamers!

In light of the decision to terminate the DACA program, Congress' job to pass legislation that would protect DREAMers has never been more imperative.The proposed bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 would give DREAMers the opportunity to gain lawful permanent residence — and eventually American citizenship — if they meet an exhaustive set of criteria.

As followers of Christ, we have the opportunity to stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters during this extremely challenging and uncertain time. Whether it's your first or fifth time,  we must all call on Congress to offer a legislative solution to this devastating situation before the official termination of the DACA program. Click below to urge your members of Congress to support the Dream Act of 2017!

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Office of Social Justice statement on the President's decision to terminate the DACA program

The Office of Social Justice mourns with the millions who are impacted by the President’s announcement to terminate the DACA program in the coming months. As followers of Jesus, we deeply lament the uncertainty and injustice that so many young immigrants are experiencing in the wake of the decision to end the DACA program. In Scripture, God’s call to “welcome the stranger” is clear and unequivocal — and so is the truth that “the stranger” often brings a blessing.

Dreamers have brought enormous blessings to our churches, communities, neighborhoods, and economies. We are grieving with the almost 800,000 young immigrants who will lose critical protections and opportunities given by DACA, unless Congress acts.

We call on Congress to swiftly and decisively offer a legislative solution to this devastating situation.

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Prayer for DREAMers

God, we lift to you in our prayers DREAMers — young undocumented immigrants who find themselves in the midst of great uncertainty and fear. We pray for their continued protection from deportation which would send so many back to countries they have never known. We pray for their courage to tell their stories and continue mobilizing people of goodwill to join them in advocating for change. We pray for Congress — motivate our leaders to pass laws that honor the dignity of these immigrants who contribute so much to a country which doesn’t claim them. We pray for President Trump — for temperance and wisdom, compassion and fairness. We pray for your church, Lord. Make clear to us the call that you place on us. Help us to be persistent and brave in our pursuit of humane treatment of all people.

Hear our prayer, O Lord.