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United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño is arrested along with other faith leaders protesting the daily deportation of 1,100 people by the Obama Administration.

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United Methodist faith leaders, other faith groups, labor leaders and immigrants face arrest after a prayer vigil at the White House in support of progress on immigration reform and an end to deportations. Washington, DC, on Feb. 17, 2014.

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United Methodists join in "Day of Prophetic Action" in front of the White House.

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Featured Topic: Immigration

The United Methodist Church’s Social Principles include this statement: “We recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God. We affirm the right of all persons to equal opportunities for employment, access to housing, health care, education, and freedom from social discrimination. We urge the Church and society to recognize the gifts, contributions, and struggles of those who are immigrants and to advocate for justice for all.”

Amid mounting frustration on all sides of the issue, the 2008 General Conference called for comprehensive immigration reform in the United States. Read a backgrounder.

This section of UMC.org outlines historical context,  information, and headlines related to the topic of Immigration. We invite you to learn more about the official position of the church.  Find resources and learn ways you can get involved.

If you have more questions on this topic, contact InfoServ and we will put you in touch with the appropriate church contact. 

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