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
Jan 10, 2017
Amanda Craft, a global mission professional in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has been named manager for advocacy in the Office of Immigration Issues. Her duties will include the continued development ...
Oct 16, 2016
Faith leaders, including the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and human rights activists are celebrating a report released Friday by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Advisory Committee on Family Residential ...
Jun 7, 2016
The immigration and refugee advocacy community has lost a co-laborer in the field with the untimely death of the Reverend Kelly S. Allen on June 5. Allen, pastor and head ...
Stated Clerk urges Congress to welcome refugees and ensure children have lawyers in immigration court
Apr 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 ...
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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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