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
Jun 15, 2015
For world refugee day on June 20th, refugee advocacy week June 29th-July 2nd, and beyond, the Stated Clerk urges a time of prayer and recommitment to outreach and advocacy with ...
May 27, 2015
[한국의] [Espaňol] During 2014, thousands of families from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador arrived in the United States seeking protection. In response, the government made the tragic decision to open family detention ...
May 2, 2015
Determined and focused on ending massive, for-profit family detention centers that mirror prisons, faith leaders, community activists, immigration advocates and others marched in solidarity here today outside the largest proposed ...
Apr 6, 2015
[한국어] [Español]The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), through its highest ecclesial officer, has signed on to an amicus brief calling for the lifting of an injunction that puts four to five million ...
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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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