The U.S. immigration system is outdated. It is based on a system that was created over 50 years ago, and it has not been adapted to meet today’s employment or security needs.
It is ineffective. Those who do have a path to legal immigration face decades-long wait times. Most industries that rely on immigrant labor face a chronic shortage of visas. And most immigrants simply don’t have a legal way to come -- especially those who are poor.
And it is inhumane. Families are too often separated by deportation. People are forced to live in poverty and in the shadows. Children are put in detention centers or denied a safe place to flee from violence.
Why we care
We recognize the blessings that immigrants are to our congregations, communities, families, economy, and country. They are created in the image of God. And God expressly, and repeatedly, commands us to welcome the stranger.
“The LORD your God . . . executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and . . . loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” - Deuteronomy 10:17-18
What restoration looks like
Laws are meant to be followed, not ignored. But our current laws are broken -- they don’t work for employers, the economy, or immigrants themselves. Broken laws should be fixed.
In the United States we are advocating, as partners with the Evangelical Immigration Table, for a bipartisan solution on immigration that
- respects the God-given dignity of every person.
- protects the unity of the immediate family.
- respects the rule of law.
- guarantees secure national borders.
- ensures fairness to taxpayers.
- establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents.