Immigration Rights

Immigration Rights

"Throughout Scripture the people of God are called to love sojourners in our midst, treating them "as if they were one of your citizens" and loving them as we do ourselves (Lev. 19:33-34)...Welcoming the migrant is not only an act of mission; it is an opportunity to receive God's grace...We call upon all United Methodist churches to welcome new arriving migrants in their communities, to love them as we do ourselves, to treat them as one of our native-born, to see in them the presence of the incarnated Jesus, and to show hospitality to the migrants in our midst, believing that through their presence we are receiving the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ." (2016 Book of Resolutions, #3281, "Welcoming the Migrant to the US")

"...We oppose immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children, and we call on local churches to be in ministry with immigrant families." (2016 Book of Discipline, Social Principles ¶162.H)

A number of opportunities are now available to work for justice

Be an advocate for legislation now being considered in Maryland, especially the Trust Act (SB88/HB304), an immigration bill now being addressed by lawmakers. Learn more.

Other actions you and your congregation can take to work for justice on the national and local level include:

  • Join Sanctuary Faith/ Lay Leader Sign On Letter to President Biden Here  -- Sanctuary leaders are planning to deliver this to the Biden Administration in the coming days. Please help us get over 1,000 so we can send a strong message from the faith community for President Biden to support liberation of all people in Sanctuary through administrative stays of deportation.
  • Refugee Resettlement action alert: It is critical to mobilize public pressure to hold the administration accountable to take immediate steps to restore the resettlement program and increase refugee admissions. Take action through social media to put pressure on administration. See the CWS action alert 
  • Sojourners is publishing 100 sermons on immigration. Sermons need to be submitted by Feb. 15 It would be good to have United Methodist representation. Learn more
  • Listen to the 25 conversation Hope 4 Humanity with Cindy Johnson at Brownsville, TX and Matamoros, Mexico. To Register visit,