Today, the Administration took steps to prevent asylum seekers entering the U.S. between ports of entry from protection in the U.S., thus undermining national and international laws. Asylum laws in the U.S. were formalized after World War II, which had shown the world the consequences of turning back people who were seeking safety.
Through our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) strategy and our global ministries, the church connects to churches and organizations in the countries from which people are fleeing. We know that children and families who have faced trauma must be evaluated for protection by professionals.
“As a church, we cannot remain silent as our asylum laws are unilaterally changed and our nation’s door is shut to people fleeing dire humanitarian situations. From our companion churches in Central America, our church knows many people leave to escape grinding poverty, violence or persecution and to seek a better life for their children,” said the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA. “As Lutherans, we have long advocated for reliable and consistent implementation of laws governing asylum-seekers and urge the Administration to continue to ensure broad protection for all who need it and due process at the border.”
As a Christian church familiar with immigrant origins, the ELCA firmly stands against policies that hinder immigrants’ legal right to claim asylum. As we pray that the Lord keeps them safe on their journey, we call on people of faith to look with compassion on members of the human family fleeing violence and persecution.
Take action today:
- Sign the pledge to support people seeking asylum in the U.S. The #CaravanPledge is a commitment bringing together people of many faiths and backgrounds who are committed to standing up for the rights of migrants and refugees and creating welcoming communities wherever they are. Opportunities to learn more about accompanying activities stem from signing the pledge, including Border Servant Corps, a ministry of Peace Lutheran Church in Las Cruces, NM
- Follow the ELCA Advocacy Network.
- Follow our ELCA AMMPARO network and become a welcoming congregation.