Policy on Immigration
Immigration is not an issue only in cities and towns near the United States’ northern and southern borders. Mid-councils across the country are frequently contacted by churches for advice and referrals to resources to help address immigration problems at the local level. The PC(USA) Office of Immigration Issues receives calls daily from pastors and mid-council staff in regions far from a national border. Our office assists Presbyterians in discerning how to respond to the challenges of an unjust immigration policy at the local level.
This concern with immigration lays at the heart of who Presbyterians are as a people of faith. We believe in a God who migrated to the human condition in the person Jesus and we adhere to the Judeo-Christian tradition of providing hospitality and doing justice. Further, the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has several provisions that address specific needs of immigrant fellowships/congregations. To view a short summary of these provisions of the Book of Order and provisions that relate to how we join God in God's mission in the world in community, please click here.
In addition, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has adopted statements and positions on issues related to immigration law and policy. This policy can be viewed at the links below.
*Please note the Presbyterian Mission Agency was formally known as the General Assembly Mission Council and the General Assembly Council. Policy adopted by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church stands as it was adopted so policy may refer to GAMC or GAC even though today that agency is known as PMA.
220th General Assembly Policy on Immigration.
- Resolution on advocating for comprehensive Immigration Reform
- Resolution on the plight of immigrant people
- Resolution on the plight of Indonesian immigrants and the passage of the Indonesian Family Refugee Protection Act
- Summary of all 220th GA actions (Spanish)
219th General Assembly Policy on Immigration.
218th General Assembly Policy on Immigration.