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Book of Resolutions: U.S. Immigration and Family Unity

WHEREAS, family unity is a significant issue of faith.

In Scripture it is the family that is created by God to provide the economic and practical necessities, the religious instruction, the emotional stability and care, and the primary means of socialization for the individual. Policies, which devalue families, ultimately devalue individuals and entire societies. The US immigration system must continue to preserve and maintain families; and

WHEREAS, the unity of family as a basis for immigration should qualify on that merit alone.

Family members should qualify to immigrate to the US if they fall within any of the family immigration categories currently designated by Congress. They should not have to compete with other immigrants who are coming to the US for employment;

WHEREAS, family unity is vital to our society and the foundation for effective integration.

Family members motivate each other to learn English, purchase homes, pursue job opportunities, start their own businesses, participate in spiritually fulfilling activities, send their children to college, and contribute to their communities; and

WHEREAS, US citizens should not be barred from being united with their family members;

Let it be resolved, that the General Conference is in support of just and fair immigration policies that benefit and allow the family to preserve and maintain its unity.


See Social Principles, ¶ 162H.

From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church — 2012. Copyright © 2012 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.