Category: Immigration

June 26, 2018

ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Travel Ban

June 26, 2018 Thus says the Lord: Act with justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor anyone who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the orphan, and the widow … (Jeremiah 22:3). I am dismayed by the Supreme Court’s recent decision concerning the president’s authority...

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June 25, 2018

Bishop Eaton Issues Statement on Executive Order

Statement from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on executive order 6/22/2018 About two weeks ago, I joined more than 20 other faith leaders in raising concerns about the administration’s announced plans that it would begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. In line with that statement, I acknowledge...

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June 21, 2018

Pennsylvania Synods Pass Resolutions at Assemblies

Four ELCA Synods in Pennsylvania voted to pass resolutions regarding social justice issues at their recent assembly gatherings. The Lower Susquehanna Synod, meeting at Messiah College,  May 31 – June 1, 2018,  adopted a resolution regarding homelessness.  The Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod, meeting at Thiel College, June 15-16, 2018, adopted a resolution on migrant minors and...

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June 5, 2018

Safe Harbor Bill Moves Out of House Judiciary Committee

Senate Bill 554, which would provide “Safe Harbor” for victims of child sex trafficking, was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, June 5.  The legislation, which LAMPa and others have been advocating for years,  is poised for a full House vote.  Click here to learn more and push for its final passage. ...

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February 9, 2018

ELCA presiding bishop issues statement on Dreamers

2/9/2018 10:00:00 AM Immigration is an ever-present topic at our dinner tables and in our congregations as Congress continues to discuss long-overdue protection for thousands of our community members who lack permanent legal status. Scripture calls us to welcome the sojourner. God commanded of the Israelites: “The stranger who resides with you shall be to...

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April 1, 2017

ELCA Bishops, Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Refugees, Migrants

At the end of March, over 100 Lutheran leaders, including Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, met with congressional offices in Washington, D.C. to urge their members of Congress to protect and welcome vulnerable refugees and migrant children fleeing the endemic violence and persecution in their communities. Add your voice to theirs by taking action here. “It...

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November 23, 2015

Syrian Refugee Resettlement in PA

Lutherans have long supported ministries that assist people who have been forced to flee their homes or homelands due to disaster, violence, hunger and more. Lutherans in Pennsylvania have a long history of refugee resettlement, including current efforts to welcome refugees from Syria in the Lehigh Valley. Governor Tom Wolf has declared his intention to...

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January 30, 2014

Immigration Is A Pennsylvania Issue – Get Involved in the LAMPa PA Immigration Leadership Circle

Immigration law is a federal matter.   LAMPa is focused on Pennsylvania matters.   The intersection of the two is the focus for the LAMPa PA Immigration Leadership Circle. The goal of the Circle is to provide an opportunity for Lutherans in Pennsylvania to learn and to network so that we are more effective in welcoming the...

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July 9, 2013

PA Dream Act

Every year, 800 Pennsylvania high school graduates walk out of their classrooms and into a world that is closed to them. American children, raised on American soil, are denied the American Dream because they lack the proper paperwork. LAMPa is mobilizing the Lutheran voice in the state to call for the passage of Senate Bill...

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