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What the Church Says: Immigration

The official statements below are from The Book of Resolutions and The Book of Discipline. Statements and resolutions from these books are submitted to, and voted on by delegates, at General Conference, which occurs every four years. General Conference sets policy for the mission and ministry of the church and is the only body that speaks for The United Methodist Church. 

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Rights of Immigrants

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. Read More

Global Migration and the Quest for Justice

The United Methodist Church commits to provide help for refugees and migrants, engage in advocacy on migration issues, and provide educational resources. Read More

U.S. Immigration and Family Unity

The General Conference supports just and fair immigration policies that benefit and allow the family to preserve and maintain its unity. Read More

United States-Mexico Border

The United States-Mexico border is a 2,000-mile-long area where the socioeconomic dynamics of two interacting cultures have a negative impact on the quality of life of adjoining populations. Read More

Welcoming the Migrant to the U.S.

We regret any and all violence committed against migrants in the past and resolve to work to eliminate racism and violence directed towards newly arriving migrants to the United States. Read More

Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

We urge Congress to create legislation prioritizing family unity, student education, fair treatment of laborers, and a path to citizenship. Read More