Blessing Not Burden | September 28, 2017
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Have you been wondering how your church can be a part of changing the conversation about immigrants? We want to partner with you and your congregation to spread the message that Immigrants are a Blessing, not a Burden.

There are four important ways a church can engage deeply in immigration work: learning and sharing the myths and facts, reflecting a care for immigrants during worship, having meaningful connections with immigrant communities and organizations, and effectively advocating for more just policies.

If you want help in achieving these four goals with your church, we want to partner with you to make it happen. Click here to learn more and get started!

Take Action: Tell Congress to Support Dreamers

Urge Your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the Dream Act of 2017!

There is currently legislation in the United States Congress that would affect millions of individuals, also known as Dreamers, who were brought to the United States as children. 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. The first Dream Act was introduced in Congress 16 years ago—it’s time for Congress to act to permanently protect Dreamers.

As followers of Christ, we have the opportunity to stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters during this time of great uncertainty. Will you join us in faithfully calling on your Members of Congress to support the Dream Act until a legislative solution is passed? Congress needs to hear from us—over and over again—that we believe Dreamers are a blessing to our communities.

Contact your Members of Congress to ask them to support the Dream Act of 2017!

CRC Continues to Call on Congress to Pass Dream Act

Unless Congress acts within the next six months, recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will lose their jobs and could be deported. Members of the CRC, troubled by this threat, are calling on Congress to enact the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017. The Office of Social Justice (OSJ), mandated by synod to work toward “increased opportunities for immigrants to gain legal status,” is providing education and opportunities for church members to be in direct contact with their lawmakers.
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Refugee Crisis in Myanmar

Every day, 20,000 Rohingya people are crossing Myanmar’s border into Bangladesh to escape systematic violence by government military forces and radical Buddhist mobs. As many as 421,000 Rohingya have now fled their homes in the state of Rakhine in less than a month, forced to leave after mass killings, rape, torture, and destruction of homes and villages.
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Refugees in Houston Giving Back to City after Harvey

"The desire to give back to the country that took them in is common among refugees in Houston." Continue reading »

Q Commons in Grand Rapids

Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, in partnership with the CRC Office of Social Justice, are bringing Q Commons to Grand Rapids at the Ladies Literary Club on Thurs., Oct. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. Join us for a live learning experience that will challenge you to stay curious, think well, and advance good in our community. Luis Avila, a Calvin alum working as an associate at Varnum Law, will be sharing his insights on local immigration issues at the event. Learn more and register today!

Calvin Stands with Students Protected by DACA

“The U.S. is the only home they know, and so they’re caught,” Calvin College President Michael K. Le Roy said of DACA recipients. “They’re trapped [because of] a decision made by their parents. When DACA came around, they registered; they actually did the right thing. And now their status is being problematized.” Continue reading »

Dordt College’s Statement on DACA Decision

“Dordt College stands with the Council for Christian College and Universities (CCCU) in its call to Congress to take timely action to protect those impacted by the decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.” Continue reading »