This past Friday at Annual Conference we had a nearly unanimous resolution (Number 13) titles “Seeing our Immigrant Neighbors and the Forces Affecting Them.”
One of the suggestions was to stay tuned to this webpage, and so if you are reading these words as a follow-up, then good for you!
We talked on a limited basis about the pending House Bill 370 (link will show you who has vote for and against, so far), which would require the NC sheriffs to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. If you are new to the immigration debate, it might not sound bad to cooperate with a government agency in this way…until you realize the ways that the immigrant community has been tremendously hurt in the previous year by ICE raids.
To get a more complete understanding of the current state of HB 370, please follow the link below:
Let us Pray: Dear Lord our Lord, as we finish Father’s Day weekend, we cry out to you as our Father and our Mother, as the One who gave us life, as the One who is present in our deepest moments of need. Many of our Methodist brothers and sisters lie awake in night, fearing that their doors will be broken open with armed men, taking them away. In the night of their terror, please bring a salve of healing…Please, cause us to be brave enough to follow you to keep watch with our immigrant neighbors: for the sake of those adults slaving away in difficult conditions, for the sake of their children being formed by toxic stress, and for the sake of you, our Holy Parent. Amen.
P.S. If you feel so led, sign the petition below, to send to Gov. Cooper. It almost has 5,000 signatures:
Stand Against NC’s “Show Me Your Papers” Law (HB 370)