Fair and Equal Treatment of all Immigrants and Refugees
The Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Departments of Multicultural Ministries and Public Affairs and Religious Liberty support the fair and equal treatment of all immigrants and refugees. We believe in the Bible’s call for compassionate treatment of the foreigner residing among us.
“When the foreigner resides among you, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:33- 34).
“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:18-19).
“So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty. (Malachi 3:5).
“Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” (Deuteronomy 27:19).
“The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.” (Psalm 146:9).
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2).
In carrying out the teachings of these verses, support undocumented young immigrants in our midst commonly known as “dreamers.” These individuals were brought to this land by no choice of their own. We have provided informational assistance* and support to church members and their friends who are seeking to file DACA extensions, and will continue to do so as the need arises.
As discussions are underway in Congress to resolve the DACA issue and address the larger issue of immigration reform, we invite everyone to pray that our government leaders come to a gracious resolution for the immigration issue currently under discussion. We also invite everyone to use their influence to articulate the cultural value of generous hospitality toward the immigrant and refugee living among us.