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Community Prayer Vigil for the Welfare of DREAMers

September 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - September 5, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

Free

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the President of the United States will announce his decision regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This decision will impact the future of over 750,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children without legal authorization and raised here. DACA recipients came forward to identify themselves and register in order to receive a work permit and a renewable deferral of any deportation action. This decision will directly impact families in our community, in our church membership, and on our church staff.

Pastor John Feagins will open the sanctuary on Monday, September 4, 2017 at 7 PM to begin a prayer vigil of intercession for the welfare of DREAMers. This vigil will continue until the decision is announced the following day. This spiritual intercession is open to all.

Paragraph 162 H – United Methodist Book of Discipline
H) Rights of Immigrants— We recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God. We affirm the right of all persons to equal opportunities for employment, access to housing, health care, education, and freedom from social discrimination. We urge the Church and society to recognize the gifts, contributions, and struggles of those who are immigrants and to advocate for justice for all. We oppose immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children, and we call on local churches to be in ministry with immigrant families.

United Methodist Church. The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016 (Kindle Locations 2856-2861). The United Methodist Publishing House. Kindle Edition.

WHEREAS, for generations workers and their young children have come to the US without authorization to satisfy the labor needs of our nation, contributing to its economic development; and,

WHEREAS, these children are being penalized by increased college tuition and are denied the opportunity to practice their profession because of their immigration status; and

WHEREAS, the Federal DREAM Act, first introduced in Congress in 2001, is a bipartisan legislation that would open the possibility of higher education, as well as a conditional pathway to US citizenship, for undocumented students who were brought to the US as children (before their 16th birthday), and who are now caught in a situation that is not of their own making. The Act would require such students, sometimes known as “The Dreamers,” to complete a college degree or two years of military service in order to be granted temporary residency and then be eligible to apply for US citizenship.

Therefore, we, the General Conference of The UMC, urge the US Congress to adopt the DREAM Act and provide for these children, who have lived most their lives in this country, access to educational opportunities and full participation in the life of the only nation they have known, and identify with, the US.

ADOPTED 2012
RESOLUTION #3164, 2012 BOOK OF RESOLUTIONS

Details

Start:
September 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
End:
September 5, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Organizer

La Trinidad United Methodist Church

Venue

La Trinidad United Methodist Church
300 San Fernando St
San Antonio, TX 78207 United States
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