Immigration Rights

 
 
Our immigration system is broken. It gives no legal way for current residents who are "out of status" to fix their situation. Even children who were brought to the US as babies, have grown up here and speak only English and know no other homeland are expected to self-deport after they finish high school.   The North Carolina Council of Churches is in the forefront of action on behalf of immigrants.   In 2002, the Council issued a public statement welcoming our Latino neighbors and calling on policymakers to increase Latinos' access to higher education, healthcare and housing, and to provide drivers' licenses for Latinos. In 2006, the Council passed a statement in support of comprehensive immigration, saying that "Religious communities must look to our scripture and faith traditions which call us to welcome the stranger, promote hospitality, and seek justice."  In 2005 it supported a bill that would have allowed undocumented students to pay in-state tuition, and we were surprised at the degree of anti-immigrant rhetoric generated by this policy debate. Since then, the Council has hosted a major conference on immigration and people of faith (attended by 300 people), started a newsletter called “Faith and Immigration” and organized the grassroots NC Coalition for Justice for Immigrants.  To date, over one thousand North Carolinians, including over 300 clergy, have endorsed the Coalition's statement. You can become involved by contacting the North Carolina Council of Churches http://www.nccouncilofchurches.org or the Religious Coalition for Justice for Immigrants http://www.welcometheimmigrant.org
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Contact person: Maria Palmer        mtpalmer@ncat.edu    933-0259