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8 Christian Denominations With Most Liberal Stance on Immigration

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 02:40 AM

As President Barack Obama and the Republican-led Congress try to figure out how to reform this country's immigration policy, a number of Christian denominations have become more liberal in their stances on this issue. Many of these denominations in recent years have announced that they support reform and that they want to help the immigrants who come to the United States.

Here are eight Christian denominations with liberal stances on immigration:

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1. Catholic

Though the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops doesn't condone illegal immigration or amnesty, the church supports "an earned legalization for those in this country in an unauthorized status, who meet reasonable requirements and are otherwise admissible."

2. Lutheran

Beginning in 1939, this denomination founded its Immigration and Refugee Service, and, according to the website lirs.org, Pastor Brian Erickson from Virginia started a program that focuses on immigration eight years ago where "he and other Lutherans visited critical sites in Mexico, Texas, and New Mexico that are affected by migration."

3. Anglican

This denomination recognizes that "immigrants are bringing unprecedented life and growth to the Church," and the Rev. Robert Duncan has called upon his people to start 30 legal aid centers around the country that lead to new church plants.

4. Presbyterian

In 2004, the General Assembly of the church called for comprehensive immigration reform, and since that hasn't happened to its liking, the General Assembly made another resolution. The resolution happened in 2012 to help educate, to offer financial and legal assistance, and "to celebrate and learn from the culture and languages of the immigrants' homelands while helping the immigrants to navigate within the culture and language of their new home."

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5. Methodist

Along with calling for comprehensive immigration reform, the church also bemoans the past incidents of xenophobia. Writes the United Methodist Church on immigration: "Throughout the history of the United States, the most recently arrived group of migrants has often been a target of racism, marginalization, and violence. We regret any and all violence committed against migrants in the past and we resolve, as followers of Jesus, to work to eliminate racism and violence directed towards newly arriving migrants to the United States."

6. Baptist

Though the church wants to continue vigorously securing the border and making sure businesses don't hire illegal immigrants, the Southern Baptist Convention also supported in 2011 a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants already residing in the U.S. “I think Southern Baptists understand it’s just not politically viable to send an estimated 12 to 15 million undocumented immigrants back where they came from,” said the Rev. Paul Jimenez, via Politico. "It’s not humane either.”

7. Quaker

The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, have long been concerned with refugees and immigrants, dating back to the 19th century. According to the American Friends Service Committee, a pathway to citizenship "also must be coupled with economic and trade policies that permit working people to earn a living wage in their home countries, foster an authentic commitment to demilitarization, and lead to the peaceful resolution of internal and international conflicts.”

8. Mormon

The Church of Latter Day Saints might rarely agree with much of anything that comes out of President Barack Obama's mouth, but the LDS share his idea that the country needs immigration reform. "Our principle, I declared to the president, is that we love our neighbor, which means we love all people, in all places and at all times," Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a high-ranking LDS official, told the Deseret News after meeting with Obama in 2014. "One of the core values we stand for is families. The separation of families (in U.S. immigration policy) isn't helping."

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