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
June 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 of staff of University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas, was pronounced brain dead at 9:30 a.m. after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke Friday afternoon.
“The whole Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is holding University Presbyterian Church and Kelly’s family in prayer,” said the Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PC(USA). “Our hearts are broken and our souls are wounded at this great loss. Kelly was such a strong witness for all we hold dear as Presbyterians. Her faith knew no depths. Her fear knew no obstacles. The life she lived was full of the grace of God that she generously shared with all of us.”
Stated Clerk urges Congress to welcome refugees and ensure children have lawyers in immigration court
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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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