The Episcopal Church is bolstering its advocacy in support of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, with the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on the fate of a federal program that has protected about 700,000 of them from deportation. “The Episcopal Church has long supported a path to citizenship for undocumented people brought to the United States as youth. That commitment to legislative protections for DREAMers remains solid as ever,” said Rushad Thomas, a policy adviser with The Episcopal Church’s Washington, D.C.-based Office of Government Relations. Even if the court rules in favor of the Trump administration, church officials and Episcopalians around the country plan to build on their ongoing advocacy for a legislative solution that will reflect the biblical call to love your neighbor and welcome the stranger. The Episcopal Church’s General Convention has long supported humane immigration policies, most recently in July 2018, when the 79th General Convention met in Austin, Texas. One resolution adopted by bishops and deputies reaffirmed the church’s call for comprehensive immigration reform and singled out the plight of DACA recipients. It voiced support for “passing of federal legislation that presents a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth and young adults known as DREAMers.” “Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules in the coming weeks, you can be sure The Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement will continue to stand with DREAMers and continue to advocate for a just legal settlement for them and their families,” Thomas told ENS by email.
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