“When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you: you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:33 – 34 (NRSV)
On February 17, Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), issued a statement* on recent and ongoing immigration raids. “These raids are occurring in homes, places of work, and even near churches. We are especially troubled by the raid outside of a United Methodist Church in Virginia on February 8th where men exiting a hypothermia shelter were confronted the minute they crossed the street off of church grounds. Targeting those seeking sanctuary or services provided by houses of worship will not be tolerated.”
Her full statement is posted on the website of the GBCS and is available here.
She also includes a reference to Resolution #3281, approved at the 2016 General Conference, titled “Welcoming the Migrant to the United States.”
You are invited to voice your thoughts and concerns about the immigration raids by contacting your congressional representative and North Carolina senators. This link will provide names and contact info. If you do not know the name of your congressional representative, this link will provide that information upon submitting your address.
*Dr. Henry-Crowe’s statement is pursuant to the charge given the General Board of Church and Society by The Book of Discipline to communicate and interpret The Social Principles of the UMC. No one person can speak for the denomination.