Immigration

Numerous resources exist for those interested in learning more about immigration issues. What follows is the Ohio Conference resolution on immigration adopted at the 2019 Annual Conference Assembly, as well as a list of websites, films and printed materials about immigration.

Immigration Resolution

Immigration Resolution

Samples of Letters to Public Officials

Elected Official Contact Information

Definitions

Immigrant — a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence
Refugee — a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution
Asylum — an inviolable place of refuge and protection giving shelter to criminals and debtors
Undocumented — lacking documents required for legal immigration or residence
TPS — Temporary Protected Status
ICE — Immigration and Customs Enforcement
DHS — Department of Homeland Security
DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Books

Carroll R., M. Daniel — Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible

Carroll R., M. Daniel — Missio Dei —Mennonite Mission Network (Spanish edition available) — Immigration and the Bible

Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang — Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate

Jessica Udall — Loving the Stranger:  Welcoming Immigrants in the Name of Jesus

News

 “Sanctuary for Edith” — http://www.columbusmennonite.org/who-we-are/sanctuary-edith

Organizations and Movements

MCC on Immigration — https://mcc.org/learn/what/categories/immigration

Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery — https://dofdmenno.org/

East Central Ohio Sanctuary Network — https://www.ecosn.net/

Immigrant Worker Project — https://iwpohio.org/english_version/program.htm

Open Arms Hispanic Ministry — http://www.openarmshispanicministry.org/

Brazo en Brazo — Phone: 419-296-9574; Contact: Marti Meza

Sanctuary Movement — https://www.sanctuarynotdeportation.org/

The Matthew 25 Movement/Pledge — www.matthew25pledge.com

Remitfinder’s Migrant Worker Resource Guide  http://bit.ly/MigrantWorkerResourceGuide

Websites
Films

Note: Some films may contain language or other content that some may find offensive. 

Men with Guns

In an unnamed Latin American country, we meet a doctor searching for his former students, only to learn that they have been taken by “men with guns.”

The Other Side of Immigration

A 2010 documentary film that explores why so many people leave the Mexican countryside to work in the US and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind.

El Norte

Peasants escaping mindless labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for something better.

Print Materials

Loving Strangers as Ourselves: Biblical Reflections  (Available from Mennonite Central Committee)

This resource, in the form of a booklet, reflects on God’s view of the strangers in the biblical text. The booklet is a timely resource for churches. In this booklet you will find seven lessons written by seven different Anabaptist authors addressing biblical texts in which God reminds his people about how to treat the strangers who live among us. Each lesson has an introduction to the topic, exploration of the biblical text, exploration of the topic, a life application and discussion questions. These biblical reflection lessons could be used in Sunday school or for small group discussion.

Strangers No More [.pdf]  (congregational resources based on Atlanta 2003 Immigration Statement)

List of Immigration Resources [.pdf]  from Western District Conference

Prayer Guide

The Ohio Conference Prayer Ministry Team has developed a 30-day prayer guide, The Immigrant Experience in Ohio. This prayer guide has primarily been written for individuals to use in their time of daily devotional reading and prayer. Included are stories from immigrants who have related to two Hispanic ministries in Ohio Conference, Brazo en Brazo in Lima and Open Arms in Wayne County.

The Immigrant Experience in Ohio PDF

Other 

Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform — www.evangelicalimmigrationtable.com

Communities in Crisis: Interior Removals and Their Human Consequences — https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2331502418820066

People

Saulo Padilla (MCC US Immigration Education Coordinator)  – saulopadilla@mcc.org

Ideas for action
  • Learn a few words of greeting in the native language of immigrants in your area
  • Attend a multi-cultural event in your area
  • Make up a daily prayer list for individuals, ministries, government
  • Sign up for an MCC Learning Tour at the border
  • Invite an immigrant to your home for a meal
  • Join an organization working on immigration issues