“As a second-generation Salvadoran-American, I have always had the privileges of being a citizen of the US. As a pastor’s kid, I grew up in a Latino Pentecostal church in which most of the members were undocumented immigrants from Central America. Many had fled to this country in search of safety, opportunity, and a fresh start to life. However, even though I was surrounded by immigrants, the struggle of the immigrant life never truly impacted me growing up. That all changed in the 2016 Presidential election. The day after the election, I had never felt so genuinely afraid in my life.
That experience forced me as a Christian to repent of my apathy, silence, and unwillingness to speak up against injustice. In the process, I came across the Christian Reformed Church’s Office of Social Justice, whose resources helped me think about immigration and refugee resettlement from a biblical perspective.”
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