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U.S. Border Patrol agents run down a dirt road amid swirling dust stirred up by a helicopter during a search for people who had crossed into the United States illegally and were hiding in heavily wooded areas and sugar cane fields near McAllen, Texas. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Paths collide for immigrants, border agents

Get a unique perspective when United Methodist News Service follows border agents at the busiest station in the U.S. for apprehending undocumented immigrants and drugs. Read More

The Rev. Robert Lopez (left) learns firsthand about the work of the U.S. Border Patrol from agent Robert Rodriguez along the Rio Grande near McAllen. Lopez is superintendent of The United Methodist Church's El Valle and Coastal Bend Districts in the Rio Texas Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Paths collide for immigrants, border agents

Complex issues are challenging people on all sides of the immigration debate. UMNS reports from the sugar cane fields near McAllen, Texas. Read More

Unaccompanied minor migrants enjoy United Methodist Camp Colby in California. They point out their hometowns  on a large wall map. Photo courtesy of California-Pacific Conference.

Camp offers migrant youth fun, friendship

United Methodists in California host a summer camp for unaccompanied migrants. Their goal is to ‘show them welcome and shine God’s love on them.’ Read More

The Rio Texas Conference has created an immigration response website to share ideas and information about how United Methodists can have a positive influence on the stressful situation at the U.S.-Texas border. Photo courtesy of the Rio Texas Conference

How United Methodists can help at the border

This Rio Texas Conference website contains ideas and information on how United Methodists can have a positive influence at the U.S. - Texas border. Read More

Unaccompanied minor migrants enjoy four days at a United Methodist summer camp. They point out their home towns and trace the journey they took to arrive at U.S. border on a large wall map. Photo courtesy of California-Pacific Conference.

Camp offers migrant youth fun, friendship

The California-Pacific Conference has been offering summer camps to unaccompanied migrants for the past four years. Read More

United Methodist bishops help families during an immersion experience at the U.S. / Mexico border. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

How United Methodists can support immigrant families

Distressing stories of children separated from their parents at the U.S. border lead us to ask, what can we do? Get ideas. Read More

Sessions criticized for ‘zero tolerance’ Bible quote

Fellow United Methodists among those faulting attorney general for immigration policy, rhetoric. Read More

An abandoned sandal lies just across the border from Mexico near Friendship Park in San Diego. 2012 file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church ready to welcome asylum seekers

Christ United Methodist Ministry Center in San Diego, California, is preparing to accept some of the hundreds of migrants seeking asylum who are gathered at border. Read More

As a student intern at the Frontera Wesley in Tucson, Arizona, Mendoza is bringing her insight as an immigrant to a Lenten devotion, “40 Days in the Desert: Resisting Temptation in the Borderlands.”

Arizona DACA student writes Lenten devotion

Ana Mendoza is bringing her insight as an immigrant to a Lenten devotion for Frontera Wesley in Tucson. Read More

A young DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient whose future plans include joining the United States military forces. Video image from “The JFON DREAMers,” courtesy of Justice for Our Neighbors.

Bishop: Immigration plan needs care and prayers

As government works on immigration reform, church leaders emphasize keeping families together and caring for all God’s children. Read More

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, director with Global Ministries, photographed during the Oct. 19-22, 2016 board meeting. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: 5 propositions for the Korean United Methodist Church

The Wisconsin Area bishop makes some proposals for the Korean United Methodist Church in today’s world. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough is the Council of Bishops president. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishops condemn Trump’s reported remarks on immigrants

The United Methodist Council of Bishops has condemned President Trump’s reported remarks about immigrants from Haiti and Africa. Read More

Members of Humboldt Park United Methodist Church in Chicago joined in an ecumenical Las Posadas procession. The re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for safe lodging carries special resonance for at least one family at the church. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Paula Cripps-Vallejo.

How an immigrant family found room at the inn

Las Posadas is the Mexican tradition of re-enacting Joseph and Mary’s search for safe lodging for Christ’s birth. For one family, the tradition has special resonance. Read More

United Methodists were among demonstrators who converged on the U.S. Capitol to advocate that Congress act to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Photo by Tricia Bruckbauer, Church and Society.

Protests for Dreamers lead to arrests

United Methodists joined with people across the country rallying for Congress to protect immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Read More

Choir member Juliana Amoah prays during worship at Calvary United Methodist Church, a Ghanaian congregation in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Migrant churches provide piece of home

Immigrants want their own churches with familiar language and worship, but the second generation may not speak the language and likely identifies more with German society. Read More

Commentary: Sharing the stories of refugees

United Methodist teenager creates monologues, photo exhibit to educate others about the plight of displaced people. Read More

The Rev. Susanne Nießner-Brose (right) listens while a 27-year-old Sudanese woman who asked that she be called Fatima relates her story of fleeing Sudan to seek religious freedom in Europe. She  is taking asylum at the United Methodist Church of the Redeemer in Bremen, Germany, where Nießner-Brose is pastor. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bremen church embraces refugees, migrants

A United Methodist church in Bremen, Germany, that welcomed refugees and migrants has found blessing and new life through the work. Read More

Volunteer Hannah Guzinski helps serve a meal to immigrant children in an educational enrichment program at the United Methodist Peace Church in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Refugees find community with United Methodists

Churches in Germany are providing sanctuary, classes and programs — outreach benefiting the churches, not just refugees and migrants. Read More

Hundreds march for DACA and the Dream Act leaving from Centennial Park and ending outside the offices of Senators Corker and Alexander in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 5, 2017. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Churchgoers stand with immigrant Dreamers

United Methodists are calling for Congress to act on behalf of immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Read More

Hundreds march for DACA and the Dream Act in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sept. 5, leaving from Centennial Park and ending outside the offices of U.S. Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Immigration Task Force issues call to action on DACA

Immigration panel urges churches to act in support of young people affected by DACA. Read More

Ye Win (Nelson Lee, left) instructs Rev. Michael Spurlock (John Corbett) where to plant each of the crops to be grown in the fields at All Saints church, in the new movie ALL SAINTS. Photo courtesy of AFFIRM Films and Provident Films.

Faith, respect for refugees at heart of “ALL SAINTS”

A film about a struggling congregation shows the many ways welcoming and helping refugees can change a church. Read More

The choir of Rhems United Methodist Church in New Bern, N.C., sings an anthem on Palm Sunday. The rural church has seen its ministry grow with the addition of Karen refugees from Burma. Photo courtesy of Rhems United Methodist Church.

Refugees revitalize country church

The movie “All Saints” shows how Karen refugees saved a church. Rhems United Methodist Church has a similar story and a personal connection to the film. Read More

Hector Martinez, a United Methodist who lives at First Grace United Methodist Church in New Orleans, La., faces deportation after he was stopped for running a red light. Photo courtesy of Go-Fund-Me: Justice for Hector Martinez.

United Methodist facing deportation

A 19-year-old who lives at a New Orleans United Methodist church is facing deportation as an undocumented immigrant. Read More

Members of the Cathedral of the Rockies First United Methodist help Syrian refugees, the Al Aboud family, get settled in their new home. Photo by Kisker Productions.

Migrants Find Freedom, Welcome at Boise Church

“Helping migrants isn’t a political issue, it’s a discipleship issue.” United Methodists in Idaho support families new to the United States. View

The choir at First Grace United Methodist Church led a rousing worship for members of the United Methodist Association of Communicators on March 23. The church, formed when two churches merged after Hurricane Katrina, has become a sanctuary church. Photo by Art McClanahan, UMNS

New Orleans church offers sanctuary

A diverse New Orleans church is willing to shelter undocumented immigrants in danger of being separated from family or returned to countries they fled. Read More

La Trinidad United Methodist Church, founded in 1876, is a historic church in San Antonio, Texas, and in Hispanic Methodism. Though most members are Hispanic U.S. citizens, the church does see undocumented persons in worship and in its outreach ministries. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Churches, ministries see fear over immigration policy

Trump’s tougher policy felt at churches, ministries in San Antonio. Read More

Cuban immigrants wait in a park in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Hundreds of Cubans are stuck in the border city, caught in limbo by the elimination in January of the infamous “wet foot, dry foot” policy of the United States. They are not allowed to enter the U.S. yet most don't want to return to Cuba. Photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Offering solidarity to Cubans stuck at border

Methodists in both countries offer food, water and other supplies to Cubans who find themselves in an immigration limbo on Mexico-U.S. border. Read More

Photo courtesy of the Barralaga family.

Church leader detained by ICE out on bail

Humberto Barralaga, detained for more than a month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has been released on $8,000 bond. Read More

SueAnn Shiah, a member of City Church of East Nashville, receives ashes on her forehead during a prayer vigil in front of the Nashville Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Ash Wednesday, March 1, in Nashville, Tenn. The vigil was organized by the Nashville Community Defense.

Religious leaders stand for refugees

A grassroots, ecumenical initiative was unveiled March 3 in anticipation of a revised executive order banning refugees from some majority Muslim countries. Read More

Students walk on the campus of United Methodist-related Duke University in Durham, N.C. Duke and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, are joining fifteen other private colleges in a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s immigration restrictions. Photo courtesy of Duke Photography.

Universities join amicus brief against immigration orders

Two United Methodist-related colleges say President Trump’s immigration orders hinder academic freedom. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops

Bishop Ough issues statement on Trump immigration order

“I call upon the people of The United Methodist Church to see the face of Christ in the refugee. Read More

At Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington International Airport, published reports state that 2,000 people gathered outside the international arrivals area to rally against the president’s executive order. Photo by Erik Alsgaard, Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Faith leaders urge all to welcome strangers, refugees

President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban refugees from seven Muslim countries countered by voices of faith leaders. Read More

The Rev. Orlando and Emily Gallardo were married on July 16, 2016. He is a recipient of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and is concerned he may be deported if changes are made to that program by the Trump Administration.

Pastor among Dreamers waiting for citizenship

The Rev. Orlando Gallardo has a Master in Divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology but is still waiting to become a U.S. citizen. Read More

Immigration policy and practice under the Obama administration and now new challenges under Trump administration have been promoting response for years from concerned faith and secular communities. Tightly-spaced wire mesh prevents more than fingertip contact across the border between Tijuana, Mexico and the U.S in this 2012 file photo.

United Methodist churches offer sanctuary

More than 800 places of worship have vowed to shelter and protect immigrants fearing deportation under the Trump administration. Read More

Methodists in support of immigration reform march down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard outside the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.

In election’s aftermath, Hispanic groups challenge church

Statements seek more forceful denunciation of harassment of minorities, and stronger support of immigrants. Read More

The United Methodist Church officially is in “support of just and fair immigration policies that benefit and allow the family to preserve and maintain its unity.” Methodists in support of immigration reform marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard outside the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.

Disappointment with immigration ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling leaves undocumented families more vulnerable to deportation, some United Methodist leaders say. Read More

The United Methodist Church officially is in “support of just and fair immigration policies that benefit and allow the family to preserve and maintain its unity.” Methodists in support of immigration reform marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard outside the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.

Immigration rally calls for end to deportations

United Methodists deplore separation of families during May 13 lunchtime vigil for immigrant rights. Read More

Nancy, who was deported from the U.S. after a traffic violation, cries as she speaks with her mother in Los Angeles from the Mexican side of the massive border fence in Tijuana in December 2012.

Addressing immigration issues at GC2016

Keeping families together has long been at the heart of the church’s mission with refugees and immigrants. Read More

Jonathan Wilke, at right, and other young people are flocking to Immanuel United Methodist Church in Eberswalde, Germany. The church is defying the odds in the formerly Communist region by welcoming newcomers. Now, the church is striving to help refugees. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS

How a church overcomes hostility to Christianity

A church in formerly Communist eastern Germany defies the odds by welcoming newcomers, including the influx of recent asylum-seekers. Read More

Erlöserkirche United Methodist Church in Bremen, Germany welcomed refugees to weekly gatherings that included a meal together. Photo courtesy of Bishop Rosemarie Wenner.

Welcoming the stranger: Lessons from the refugee crisis in Europe

Seeing strangers from seven nations become friends over a meal has been one of many blessings received by those reaching out to refugees. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck joined other national faith leaders and senators speaking on welcoming Syrian refugees during a Capitol Hill press conference on Dec. 8.

United Methodist bishop shares stories of Syrian refugees

National faith leaders and three senators held a press conference to call for mercy for asylum seekers. Read More

At Berkasovo, Serbia, refugees from Syria and other countries cross the border into Croatia on Sept. 28, 2015. A 2015 file photo by Paul Jeffrey for the ACT Alliance

Speaking up for Syrian refugees

Some United Methodists say U.S. governors wrong to seek to close borders after Paris attacks. Read More

The Immigration Task Force, from various United Methodist agencies, met in Washington D.C., with Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Sept. 26-27 to discuss current immigration and refugee situations.

United Methodist agencies address global migration

The Immigration Task Force, led by Bishop Minerva Carcaño, gathered representatives from seven United Methodist general agencies and caucuses. Read More

At Berkasovo, Serbia, refugees from Syria and other countries cross the border into Croatia on Sept. 28, 2015. A 2015 file photo by Paul Jeffrey for the ACT Alliance

U.S. faith leaders: Take in more Syrian refugees

United Methodist bishop among faith leaders asking Obama administration, Congress to resettle 100,000 Syrian refugees by next year. Read More

Refugees await crossing from Hungary into Austria. Photo © UNHCR/Mark Henley

Welcoming refugees as ‘fellow pilgrims’ in Europe

Both immediate actions and long-term perspectives are needed in crisis, says European Methodist Council. Read More

Like many refugees, this Syrian girl photographed in front of Budapest Keleti Railway Station on September 3, 2015, is far from home. Photo by Mstyslav Chernov [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

German bishop on migrants: ‘Meet people, not problems’

United Methodist Bishop Rosemarie Wenner shares how doing many little things together can make a big difference in ministry with Syrian refugees. Read More

A young migrant girl hoping to reach Germany with her family holds up a sign inside the Hungarian border.  Photo by Oláh Gergely Máté

European refugee aid goes beyond food

For United Methodists and other faith groups, current migrant crisis shows that overall improvements are needed on how asylum seekers are treated Read More

United Methodists in Hungary are a part of Hungarian Interchurch Aid and have assisted in the refugee effort. Photo by Fekete Dániel, HIA-Hungary, ACT Alliance.

Welcoming the Stranger: Difficult and Necessary

The United Methodist Church in Europe and at the global level is responding to the migration crisis. See answers to some of the most common concerns. Read More

Migrants form a crowd at the Keleti pályaudvar train station Sept. 2 in Budapest while waiting passage to Germany, Austria and other wealthier countries within the European Union where the laws on refugee protection are better. Photo by Daniel Peters for UMNS

Churches find challenges, blessings in Europe’s migration crisis

'To seek asylum is one of the human rights,' says United Methodist bishop in Germany. As many migrants face death and abuse, some advocates are providing support. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño (right) shares letters of encouragement with Regino Enrique at the immigrant welcome center at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

You Are Not Alone: Responding to immigrant children’s needs

Churches in the California-Pacific Conference are working to help kids who are often in difficult situations. ‘Without help, these children face a human disaster.’ Read More

Dayna Barrera daily crosses the Stanton Street Bridge, over the Rio Grande River, to get from her home in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, Texas. She’s this year’s valedictorian at the United Methodist school. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Lydia Patterson Institute still a beacon on the border

United Methodist school enters second 100 years of providing opportunity for students from El Paso and Juárez. Read More

President Obama greets supporters from the doorway of Air Force One upon his arrival at Berry Field Air National Guard Base in Nashville, Tennessee. Obama spoke about his recent executive actions on immigration at Casa Azafrán, an immigrant community center.

President Obama: Faith is seeing the stranger as yourself

Obama speaks at Nashville immigrant community center about shifting priorities on deportations. Read More

Christ's Foundry United Methodist Church in Dallas held a watch party for President Obama's Thursday, Nov. 20 televised address on immigration. Before the address, volunteers took names and addresses of those attending, hoping to help with their application for legal status.

United Methodists praise president’s immigration order

President Barack Obama’s executive order offer mercy and justice but it fails to answer everyone’s prayers. Read More

The Immigrant Girls Home, founded by Methodist women in New York to aid immigrant women, is shown in photo from the late 19th century. Photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

A United Methodist story of welcoming the immigrant

The current debate over immigration brings The United Methodist Church's history of working with long-ago immigrant women into focus. Read More

The Rev. Saul Montiel (right) prays during a cross-border service of Holy Communion at El Faro park in Tijuana, Mexico. Montiel is on the Mexico side of the border.

Wailing wall: On the U.S.-Mexico border

“By night I went out…, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire.” – Nehemiah 2:13, New International Version Read More

A composite of images from the 2014 MARCHA Annual Assembly held in Los Angeles.

MARCHA approves declaration on border crisis

More than 150 Hispanic/Latino clergy and lay leaders celebrated communion through a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border during annual assembly. Read More

Sanuanita Leal (left) greets the Rev. Javier Leyva near her home in Mission, Texas. Leyva, now director of immigration ministries for The United Methodist Church in South Texas, previously served as her pastor and baptized Leal and her family.

Church draws on border natives in immigration crisis

Contacts, local knowledge help three United Methodists make difference in relief effort along the border. Read More

Elizabeth Jimenez (foreground) helps sort donated clothing for recent immigrants from Central America in the welcome center at the Holding Institute in Laredo, Texas. Jimenez was a student in the boarding school at Holding, a United Methodist Women National Mission Institution. She is flanked by, from left: Rosa Maria Narvaez, Lydia Mejorado and Elva Guzman. The volunteers are United Methodist Women from La Trinidad United Methodist Church in Laredo. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Nonprofit finds new life in meeting immigrants’ needs

United Methodist Women-supported Holding Institute has become a center of humanitarian relief in Laredo Read More

A coyote, or smuggler, (right) uses his hands to paddle a rubber raft full of immigrants across the Rio Grande from Mexico to the U.S. side of the river in Roma, Texas. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Border visit brings immigration crisis into focus

Reacting to the surge from Central America, United Methodist delegation comes to Rio Grande Valley for tour and strategizing. Read More

Bishop Minerva Carcaño speaks to the press during the immigration rally events in Washington on July 31, 2014.

United Methodists risk arrest in deportation protest

July 31, 2014

Streaming video shows faith leaders joining in an act of civil disobedience at U.S. White House in support of immigration reform. View

Faith leaders and immigration activists protest in front of the White House during a

United Methodists, faith leaders arrested

Faith leaders and immigration activists arrested in July 31 protest of deportation of 1,100 people daily by President Obama's administration. Read More

United Methodist bishops from all over the world visit the U.S. - Mexico border to immerse themselves in the reality of life at the Southern border of the U.S. and sharpen their focus on how the church can be in ministry to persons residing there. May 7, 2013.  Here Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Bishop Gregory Palmer and others prayer with a young man, Angelo Mondragon, on the Mexico Bridge. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS; Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Border crisis: Resources for a faithful response

The United Methodist Church is providing care, legal counsel, and resources to minors fleeing to the U.S. from Central America. Learn how to help. More

The Rev. Juan Guerrero baptizes a child in Honduras. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Juan Guerrero

Commentary: Why Honduran children are coming to U.S.

The leader of the United Methodist mission in Honduras discusses the root causes of why children take on the dangerous journey to the United States. Read More

Young people from Central America wear shoes without laces. Photo courtesy Viky Garcia, Laredo Humanitarian Relief Team.

Church seeks to meet needs in border crisis

United Methodists turning attention to “sobering” crisis of unaccompanied minors and others from Central America crossing into U.S. Read More

In recent months, the numbers of unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the U.S. border has surged, drawing both concern and criticism. In this file photo, an abandoned sandal lies just across the border from Mexico near Friendship Park in San Diego. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodists tending to immigrant minors

United Methodists participated in June 22 training to provide help, pastoral care for hundreds of unaccompanied minors crossing borders into U.S. Read More

United Methodist Women to explore immigrant rights

As a national debate on immigration continues, the Women’s Division of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries has decided to make immigrant and refugee rights a priority. Read More

Photo by Jay Mallin, UMNS

Chicago Area bishop to join immigration rally

Families separated by deportation “need to know… leadership of The United Methodist Church cares,” says Bishop Sally Dyck. Read More

United Methodist faith leaders, other faith groups, labor leaders and immigrants during prayer vigil at the White House in support of progress on immigration reform. Washington, D.C., on Feb. 17. Photo by Jay Mallin, UMNS.

No More Deportations: Immigration Pray-In

On Feb. 17, 2014, United Methodists spoke — and were arrested — in front of the White House to bring attention to nearly 2 million deportations. View

Feeling God’s presence on the border

'God's mercy will outlast all national boundaries,' says pastor as bishops join faithful for Holy Communion while standing in two nations. Read More

Tijuana: Where the world’s migrants wait

United Methodist Church and Methodist Church of Mexico reach out to those trapped between nations, hiding and becoming prey to many. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño is framed by the tightly-spaced mesh of the border fence between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico last month. Today President Obama made a call for immigration reform to fix a “broken immigration system.”

Carcaño guest at Obama immigration speech

United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcao joined other faith leaders in affirming the President's call for immigration reform. Read More

United Methodist congregations have led faith communities in advocating for just, humane immigration reform, including the DREAM Act.

Immigrant students get ‘moment of grace’

Obama's announcement looked at as time to prepare as churches help mobilize and educate Hispanic community to apply for legal status. Read More

A Justice for Our Neighbors volunteer fills out paperwork for a client seeking legal help.

Legal Aid for Immigrants

Advocacy programs have stepped in to help thousands of immigrants seeking legal help in the U.S. View

Advocates for pregnant immigrants speak out

Authorities' treatment of Juana Villegas, her newborn and her family was unnecessary and cruel, say her supporters in Nashville, Tenn. Read More

Mariela, 18, is the primary caregiver for her three young sisters since their mother was arrested during an April 16 immigration raid at a Chattanooga, Tenn., poultry plant. UMNS video images.

Churches help families left behind after raids

United Methodists scramble to assist families torn apart by an immigration raid in Chattanooga, Tenn. Read More

Carcaño speaks out for modern-day outcasts

United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño says only Read More

Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker of the Florida Area addresses an immigrant rights rally outside the Fort Worth Convention Center, site of the 2008 United Methodist General Conference.

Church urges humane treatment of immigrants

About 300 United Methodists gather for a rally on immigrant and human rights in Fort Worth. Read More

The Rev. Walter Coleman (right), pastor of Adalberto United Methodist Church, is interviewed by news reporters outside the Chicago church's storefront entrance in 2006. Church member Flor Crisóstomo from Mexico has taken refuge in Adalberto, which provided sanctuary to another member last year. A UMNS file photo by Linda S. Rhodes.

Second woman seeks sanctuary in Chicago church

Adalberto United Methodist Church has opened its doors once again to a woman seeking protection from deportation to Mexico. Read More

Elvira Arellano received sanctuary at Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago from Aug. 15, 2006, to Aug. 16, 2007. A UMNS file photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Arrest of mother puts ‘human face’ on immigration

United Methodist leaders say the case of Elvira Arellano will force the U.S. Congress to see the issue in terms of justice and mercy. Read More

Thousands of immigrants and supporters rally on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in March 2006. United Methodist leaders have sent a letter to the U.S. Senate opposing the current immigration bill and calling for genuine reform. A UMNS file photo by Rick Reinhard.

United Methodist groups oppose immigration bill

Calling for genuine immigration reform, United Methodist leaders send a letter to the U.S. Senate and urge family-based legislation. Read More