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'Guardian Angels' in Immigration Court
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Pentecost is the moment when the disciples of Jesus receive the power to understand and communicate with everyone in the world. The boy is terrified. He has come thousands of mil ...

What Now? Faith Community Seeks Next Steps After Pastor's Deportation
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

For the last several weeks, members of Central Plains Mennonite Conference (Max’s regional network of churches), Mennonite Church USA (his national denomination), and others from across the country signed peti ...

Ted Cruz’s pitch to evangelicals has a hole in it
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 11:03am | Type: Press

March 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Greg Sargent ...

New Poll: Evangelical Support for Immigration Reform Remains Robust
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 2:45pm | Type: Press

March 11, 2015 Press Releases Support for broad immigration reform fr ...

Boehner Should Learn from Lincoln on Immigration
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

We need Speaker Boehner and his colleagues to put American interests before political posturing and to enact immigration policy that matches the economic and national security realities of the 21st century. ...

Jim Wallis: 'Race is at the heart' of immigration roadblock
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 4:26pm | Type: Press

February 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Maria Teresa Kumar ...

The Oscar Scandal: Sean Penn, Alejandro Iñárritu, and Responding to Racism
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

“Sean Penn’s ‘Green Card’ comment may have ruined the entire Oscars.” That was the headline from the Huffington Post. I didn’t watch the Oscars, but I’m always curious about pop-culture scandals. What could Se ...

Ruling on 26-State Immigration Lawsuit: 3 Things You Need to Know
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

Texas v. United States is adding fuel to a much larger anti-immigrant political game. On Monday night, a Texas court  temporarily halted  the implementation of Obama’s Executive ...

Homeland Security Funding the Latest GOP Bargaining Chip in Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

The GOP majority in Congress is attempting to oppose executive action by threatening to defund the Department of Homeland Security. In November, President Obama issued an execut ...

Shadows
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

In my classroom, there is a little boy from Honduras. He speaks Spanish — that is the language of his heart — but he is learning English and tries with all his heart to learn new words and strange phrases that ...

Catholic Leaders to House Abortion Foes: Immigration Reform Is Also ‘Pro-Life’
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

More than 100 Roman Catholic leaders are using this week’s annual march against legal abortion to press anti-abortion House members to pass immigration reform, saying they should see it as another “pro-life” i ...

Campfires of Hope
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

Many events this year feel like they have sucked the hope right out of us. And yet, even in the midst of terrible events and stories, the possibilities of hope still exist depending on what we decide to do for ...

Obama's Executive Action Isn't Outrageous. It's How Immigration Reform Gets Done.
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Press

November 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Fawn Johnson ...

Evangelicals a Mixed Bag on Obama’s Immigration Move
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

While Republican leaders blast President Obama for taking executive action on immigration reform, some prominent evangelical leaders are welcoming the president’s plans to keep about 5 million undocumented imm ...

President Obama's Remarks on Immigration Action
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 9:49pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Thursday evening, President Barack Obama announced he is taking action to reform pieces of our broken immigration system. See Sojourners President Jim Wallis' recap here. Below are Pre ...

Putting People Before Politics
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 9:08pm | Type: Blog

For us, the 1,000+ deportations per day means the breakup of families we have come to know and love in our own congregations and communities. Their families are now our families; their kids are our kids. For u ...

White House Announcement on Executive Action on Immigration Tonight
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama released a short video providing more information on a much-anticipated executive action announcement on immigration policy. While the details remain unclear on how many of the 11 mi ...

Catholic Bishops Call for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

“We are not guided by the latest headlines but by the human tragedies that we see every day in our parishes and programs, where families are torn apart by enforcement actions especially,” said Seattle Auxiliar ...

'Are You the People That Help Immigrants?'
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Many denominations and individual churches — like The Bridge — are taking action to ensure their members don’t miss out on welcoming and serving immigrants, who in turn will help U.S. churches embody and refle ...

Declaring Sanctuary
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

As we approach Rosa’s 90th day in sanctuary, its time to replace the nearly burned down candle, but the light of radical Christian hospitality continues to not only burn bright, but spread throughout the natio ...

Election 2014: Here's What You Missed
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

The campaign wasn’t about the most important issues facing the country. Here’s what we should be talking about. In Tuesday’s elections, most voters didn’t see their candidates as ...

The Dream of the 90s Is Not Quite Alive in Portland
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

I’ve been here more than a year now, planting a church and beginning to work with neighborhood partners, and have come to realize that the dream for truly “progressive” values — like immigration reform and bri ...

Evangelicals Boost Clinics to Help Immigrants Navigate Legal Headaches
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

An alliance of evangelical organizations has pledged to dramatically increase the number of church-based legal clinics across the country to assist immigrants with the complicated processes of seeking green cards, visas and family unification. The ...

Reviving the Sanctuary Movement
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

Currently, the Sanctuary Movement allows members of congregations who are facing deportation to reside within the sacred space of a church, synagogue, or mosque in order to avoid immediate deportation from the ...

Welcoming the Stranger (Even If It’s Against the Law)
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

Philadelphia faith leaders announced that they will welcome immigrant families even if it is against the law. They are building a movement of "sanctuary congregations" and have dreams that the U.S. w ...

'To Define Is to Limit'
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

We are not criminals. We have done what we had to do, what any human would do, to seek a violence-free life, to keep our families together, or, like me, to pursue an education. I am one of 11 million, and each ...

Why I’m Not Stopped by Border Patrol
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

I was 16 when I finished school in Germany, 17 when I finished school as an exchange student, and was 20 when I moved to Miami. I fell madly in love and we moved to Los Angeles. After some time, we moved to De ...

When Supporting Your Family Earns a Criminal Record
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

When I turned 16, I woke up excited, ready to go to the DMV and get my driver’s license like all my friends were doing -- and then my parents told me that I was here illegally. I was undocumented. Reality sunk ...

Will America Live Up to Its Promise?
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

When I left school, my status lapsed, and I became undocumented. Three years later, my mother was killed — a victim of domestic violence. With no “home country” to go back to and no way to adjust my status, I ...

Should All Americans Have the Right to an Education?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

If my immigration status weren't an issue, I’d be traveling, graduating college, and would probably be on the path to law school. My work in advocacy and in my community would have been exponentially stro ...

With Cantor Gone, Immigration Reform is All on John Boehner Now
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 11:40am | Type: Press

June 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

What Are You Most Proud Of?
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

If I am sent back to Mexico — a land I no longer know anything about, who will be there to support my family? My sons, Issac and Felipe are my pride and joy. My wife and I go to c ...

Jose Antonio Vargas and Others to Apply for Deportation Deferrals, Push Obama on Executive Action
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week Jose Antonio Vargas, joined by ten other undocumented immigrants, announced the 1 of 11 Million campaign in Washington to urge the delay of deportations for the millions of documented immigra ...

Where is the Joy?
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

How do you talk about joy in times like these and not sound like a traveling salesman with a bottle of snake oil up his sleeve? Recently, I received word that Robert Gittelson, the cofounder of Conservatives ...

Mirror, Mirror
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

It all seems so obvious. Perhaps Paul gives us some insight here. Perhaps it’s because, like all things including immigration reform, what we think we see has little to do with reality. ...

Jesuits Tell Their Alumni in Congress: Protect Border Children
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

American Jesuits are pushing members of Congress who were educated at the Catholic order’s schools to pass aid for thousands of refugee children who have surged across the border in Texas in recent months, cal ...

Could Loaves and Fishes Change The Immigration Dilemma?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

What might happen if we were to look at the two goods of protection and hospitality not as competing goods in a world of scarcity, but as complimentary goods in a world of abundance? I think we might come up w ...

Deported: A View From the 'Other' Side
Originally Posted: 07/23/2014 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Now, we could argue this politically and enter into the endless rhetoric, partisan mudslinging and various interpretations of United States immigration history, but that’s not the point. The point is taking se ...

A View From the Bus Station
Originally Posted: 07/17/2014 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

“The United States is wonderful,” said one woman, after I helped get her oriented to what buses she would take from Tucson to Florida, gave food and snacks to her and her 8- and 9-year-old sons, and helped her ...

Jesus Is at the Border
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

So, why do we keep expelling Jesus? Because we don’t actually believe in him. We don’t believe that in Jesus God is setting the world right by showing us that there is a divine unity of love that unites “us” a ...

Why Are Evangelicals Supporting Immigration Reform? Q&A with Filmmaker Linda Midgett
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

The Evangelical Immigration Table commissioned the documentary “The Stranger” to foster evangelical support for immigration reform. The Evangelical Immigration Table commissioned ...

What Moves Mountains?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Do you have faith the size of a mustard seed? That's all we need. LOVE. THAT'S W ...

'...That All Men Are Created Equal'
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

People know. Not just Americans, but the entire globe. People know that the founders didn't mean it then, nor does this nation mean it now. People know. Not just American ...

The Moral Failure of Immigration Reform: Are We Really Afraid Of Children?
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

The horrible events in Murrieta, California on Tuesday reminds of the most important immigration talk I’ve given this year—the one I gave to my son’s fifth grade class. Did you s ...

'The Stranger' Shows Realities of U.S.' Broken Immigration System
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

The personal stories of immigrants who are facing the unintended consequences of our countries broken immigration policies are often left out of the national debate. 'The Stranger' offers just a few ...

Southern Baptists Pray for 'Favorable' Hobby Lobby Ruling
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

Southern Baptists prayed Wednesday that the Supreme Court would rule in favor of the Green family, the evangelical owners of the Hobby Lobby craft chain that challenged the contraception mandate in the Afforda ...

Immigration Isn't Dead
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday was one of the craziest days in recent American political history. House Majority leader Eric Cantor fell to Tea Party economics professor David Brat in a primary upset no pundit saw coming. ...

With Cantor Gone, Immigration Reform Is All On John Boehner Now
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

The stunning primary defeat of Eric Cantor could be a blessing for passing immigration reform. The stunning primary defeat of Eric Cantor could be a blessing for passing immigrati ...

Our Country Needs Immigration Reform Based on Biblical Values
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

As immigration reform gains more and more bipartisan support in Congress, I am encouraged by our lawmakers’ positive steps forward, and I can’t help but think of my own story on immigration. ...

Evangelical Immigration Table Documentary, 'The Stranger,' Seeks Reform Of Laws, Churches
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Press

June 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Napp Nazworth ...