So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone. (Ephesians 2: 19-20)
People come to the United States for many reasons, including opportunities for work, education and to seek asylum from persecution in their home country. Individuals enter the country both with and without required documentation. Most persons enter the United States legally, and then fall out of status, often because of the complex nature of the law. It is estimated that nearly 300,000 new undocumented persons come into the United States every year.
The dynamics of immigration are complex and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been working to understand the issues related to immigration, and what the response of the church ought to be. The 217th General Assembly adopted the resolution “Advocacy and Welcome for All Immigrants.” The resolution reaffirms previous GA “Resolution Calling for a Comprehensive Legalization Program for Immigrants Living and Working in the U.S.” (2004). The resolution highlights many relevant issues facing immigrants, the communities of which they are a part and the individuals who advocate for them.
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217th General Assembly (2006) Resolution on Advocacy and Welcome for All Immigrants
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Resolution Calling for Comprehensive Legalization Program for Immigrants Living and Working in the United States