Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined with other organizations to oppose H.R. 4731, the "Refugee Program Identity Restoration Act of 2016." Read the letter to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Leadership - March 15, 2016 (PDF).
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined with 272 organizations in a letter asking the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to designate El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras for Temporary Protected status. This status would acknowledge the danger present for many families in those countries and allow for a temporary immigration status for those families who come here seeking protection but do not meet the narrow legal requirements for asylum.
Letter to President Obama on Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for Northern Triangle Countries - January 24, 2016 (PDF)
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joins other organizations to voice opposition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's plan to begin immigration raids of Central American families in 2016.
Letter to President Obama on DHS round-ups of Central American families - December 31, 2015 (PDF)
News & Statements
Stated Clerk urges Congress to welcome refugees and ensure children have lawyers in immigration court
April 7, 2016
I write today as the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to express opposition to anti-refugee legislation and support for S. 2540, “The Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2016.”
The world is in the midst of a refugee crisis. Civil war, persecution, and genocide have displaced 60 million souls from their homes. In this time when the world’s sorrows are great, it is the desire of many Presbyterians to extend welcome to those seeking safety. This call to choose welcome is our faithful and compassionate remembrance that we too once “were strangers in the land of Egypt.” This call comes from our history of actively assisting in refugee resettlement. We know, firsthand, that by choosing welcome, we have entertained angels.
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The Office of Immigration Issues was created upon a resolution passed at the 216th General Assembly (2004) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The department communicates with middle governing bodies, PC(USA) entities and ecumenical agencies on immigration issues and policies. They also provide regular updates, reliable advice and counsel to presbyteries and pastors whose members have immigration questions or issues.
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