We have all been horrified by recent news reports detailing the inhumane separation of children from their parents at the U.S. southern border.
Unfortunately the June 20 Executive Order does not solve the problem.
Children will continue to be separated from their families unless the federal court allows the Executive Order to be implemented. This would require the federal court to change its prior rulings that children cannot be held in detention for more than 20 days.
Children would be detained with their parents for months or years if the federal courts allow the Executive Order to be carried out. This is against the United Methodist Social Principles, which affirm that “we oppose immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children ...” (Social Principles 162.H)
What does all this mean? People of faith still have work to do!
- Volunteer on the border!
- Here’s how attorneys can help fight against family separation and family detention
- Contact your Congressional Representatives and ask for an immigration reform in keeping with Methodist Social Principles.
- Donate to your Church, to Justice for Our Neighbors DFW, and to National Justice for Our Neighbors.
- Volunteer in Dallas / Fort Worth! Justice for Our Neighbors-DFW works every day to keep immigrant families from being separated.
- Pray for the children, their families, for everyone helping, and for our government.
Justice for Our Neighbors-Dallas/Fort Worth is a Methodist Immigration Ministry that has provided low-cost immigration legal services since 1999. Each day we put into action the Methodist Social Principles of loving our neighbors as ourselves and providing for the welfare of immigrants instead of oppressing them.
Read the Methodist responses to this crisis
Bishop Minerva Carcaño, official spokesperson for the United Methodist Council of Bishops on the issue of immigration, San Francisco Area of The United Methodist Church and an Auburn Senior Fellow, has drafted this petition to tell our national leaders to stop family separation and protect family unity. Individuals, organizations and congregations can all sign!
The Texas Methodist Bishops issued a joint statement calling upon United Methodists to be public witnesses regarding the plight and conditions of the children who were separated from their families at the border.
JFON DFW: Making a Difference for Our Neighbors
At JFON DFW we are focused on helping low-income immigrants to welcome them in their new homeland.
To achieve this goal we provide low-cost and free immigration legal services, education to the public, and advocacy for and with immigrants.
We recently helped a family of refugees from the Congo apply for their green cards. Read the story of how this mother took care of her children during their trying times in the Congo and then in a refugee camp in Uganda by clicking here
JFON DFW Program Offerings
Our trained presenters are ready to come to your church or group to shed light on what’s behind the immigration problems our nation faces. Go to CREATE CHANGE in the navigation bar above to learn more about our Immigration 101 presentation.
Surf around our site and let us know how we can serve you as you serve the newcomers in your midst!