On the DACA/DAPA Supreme Court decision

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“Separating children from their parents is immoral and is contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ and The United Methodist Church.”
– The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry Crowe and Bishop Elias Galvan

A statement on the June 23, 2016 decision by the Supreme Court:

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States – in a 4-4 decision – upheld the decision of a lower court, which challenged President Obama’s executive action on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). This split decision will result in the forced separation of families, and as United Methodists living out our faith in a global connection, we must prioritize keeping families together.

The United Methodist Church is in “support of just and fair immigration policies that benefit and allow the family to preserve and maintain its unity” (2012 Book of Resolutions, “US Immigration and Family Unity”).

And just last month, the General Conference affirmed – in the resolution “Welcoming the Migrant to the US” – the Executive Action taken by the President as a “necessary temporary step that allowed certain groups of immigrants to apply for temporary legal status, though not citizenship.” And acknowledged that legislative change is “the permanent step that is needed.”

Separating children from their parents is immoral and is contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ and The United Methodist Church. We remain committed to education and advocacy efforts that support our sisters and brothers who flee violence and terror and in search of a better life.

The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe
General Secretary, General Board of Church and Society

Bishop Elías Galván
Executive Director, Metodistas Representando la Causa de los Hispanos Americanos (MARCHA)

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The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is that agency of the church charged with promoting the church’s social witness, and to help all United Methodists connect their faith with the broader society.

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Kevin
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The court reigned in the executive overreach of the President. The children were separated from their families by their own parents.
A country without enforceable borders will not remain a country.

Paul W.
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The way GBCS selectively promotes the General Conference resolutions they agree with and ignores the resolutions they disagree with has got to stop. We need some kind of accountability in this rogue organization or we need to shut it down and replace it with an organization that takes fidelity to the will of GC seriously. I cringe whenever this unfaithful organization issues yet another partisan statement or submits yet another slate of partisan far-left petitions to GC.

Richard F Hicks
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Children are separated each day from convicted criminal parents. The parents’ actions lead to the separation. Thank you, Richard F Hicks, OKC

Dave Sundberg
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Yes, we must punish those sinners.

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