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  • TX church tackles migrant ministry 'roller coaster'

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Thursday, January 24, 2019 (25 days ago) photo
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (BP) -- For Carlos Navarro, pastor of West Brownsville Baptist Church, the human need seen in migrant caravans moving from Central and South America toward U.S. borders is nothing new. Navarro, once an illegal immigrant himself, has been ministering to migrants in the Texas Rio Grande Valley for a quarter century.

    The Southern Baptist TEXAN interviewed Navarro and Diana, his wife of 36 years, in Brownsville this past fall as the couple celebrated ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Global citizenship = global disaster

    by Adam Groza, posted Friday, October 12, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Adam Groza examines the pitfalls of the idea of "global citizenship" as an answer to the world's immigration issues. Even with "the cool-factor of star power," it would be a global disaster, he writes. Read More

  • Immigration panel at NOBTS: a 'constructive' exchange

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Monday, October 01, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Immigration reform is needed, panelists said at an Institute of Faith and the Public Square forum Sept. 25. While differing in focus, they underscored challenges facing the church and the U.S. economy.

    The institute (IFPS), a research center at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, hosted the dialogue in conjunction with the University of New Orleans, Southern University of New Orleans and the University of Holy Cross.

    While none of the panelists argued for an "open borders" approach, the session focused on Christian attitudes toward immigration as well as issues of compassion, jobs and security. Read More

  • Immigrant assistance to be N.C. Baptist outreach

    by Mike Creswell, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, posted Thursday, September 06, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    CARY, N.C. (BP) -- North Carolina Baptists are stepping up their ministry to immigrants.

    A new Baptist Immigrant Services (BIS) ministry being gradually launched by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) will set up a yet-unspecified number of immigration ministry centers across the state. The first center is being established in Lincolnton.

    Churches and associations will be encouraged to establish a variety of ministry efforts to engage immigrants with the Gospel. In addition, the ministry centers will be staffed by individuals trained and qualified to help immigrants understand their rights and immigration options. Read More

  • Pro-immigrant ad supported by ERLC shared by thousands

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 06, 2018 (7 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Thousands have viewed and shared an open letter signed by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and a related video endorsing just and fair immigration following a full-page ad in The New York Times.

    Moore, a longtime supporter of the just treatment of immigrants, is among eight faith leaders included in 65 initial and ethnically diverse signatories of the letter, "Immigrants and Immigration Strengthen Us," authored by the Washington-based National Immigration Forum, published in The Times on Independence Day and posted online the previous day. Read More

  • Trump commended for halt to border family separations

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (8 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Several Southern Baptist leaders commended President Trump's executive order Wednesday (June 20) addressing the separation of children from parents at the United States-Mexico border.

    One cited a resolution adopted June 12 at the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Dallas as an important step in bringing about the executive order.

    The leaders called on Congress to enact reforms to the immigration system. Read More

  • Trump's 'zero tolerance' policy denounced, defended

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist and other evangelical female leaders expressed their opposition Monday (June 18) to separating children from parents on the border as Congress prepares again to take up the immigration issue.

    The call for a change in the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that has resulted in family separation at the United States' border with Mexico came as Republican criticism grew even while executive branch defense of the practice hardened. Nearly 2,000 children were taken from parents or ... Read More

  • Supreme Court: Immigrant teen's abortion ruling tossed

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (8 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court stopped a lower court Monday (June 4) from setting a new precedent on illegal immigrant minors' access to abortion.

    The court threw out a federal appeals court ruling that allowed a pregnant illegal immigrant teenager to obtain an abortion while in federal immigration custody, saying the decision was moot because the teen already had the abortion.

    The June 4 action prevents the lower court's decision from setting a new legal precedent for abortion access -- but the unsigned opinion with no dissents failed to go as far as the Trump administration reportedly wanted to go. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Don't just watch the world pass by

    by Terry Sharp, posted Thursday, May 03, 2018 (9 months ago)

    The U.S. has become "a modern crossroads of peoples from throughout the world," Terry Sharp writes, calling Christians to welcome and share their faith with "the nations that God is sending to our cities and communities." Read More

  • Hispanic families impacted by raid prompt outreach

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    BEAN STATION, Tenn. (BP) -- Tennessee Baptists are ministering to families affected by the raid on a Bean Station slaughterhouse on April 5.

    Federal agents raided Southeastern Provisions, a cattle slaughterhouse in Grainger County in Tennessee, as part of a probe on allegations that the company was paying undocumented immigrants cash to avoid paying $2.5 million in payroll taxes over the past three years, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

    Of the more than 95 employees who were detained until their immigration status was verified, approximately 54 have been held for possible deportation due to their undocumented status, according to news reports. Those who have been released reportedly still face court dates and possible deportation. Read More