DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, provides protection from deportation and a work permit to undocumented children who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16 and have lived here for multiple years, among other prerequisites. They must also not have any felonies or multiple misdemeanors listed on their records, and they must have graduated or be enrolled in school.
DACA children are commonly referred to as DREAMers. DACA does not ultimately provide a pathway to citizenship, but qualified recipients can reapply for DACA protection every two years. Most DREAMers have lived most of their lives in the United States, and DACA provides them with a way to study and work in the only home many of them have ever known.
Ana is a DACA recipient. This is her story.
As we think about what biblical welcome looks like, we have to wrestle with our role in having difficult conversations about immigration and refugee issues, about policy and politics, and about what loving our neighbor really looks like. We asked Pastor Eugene Cho, author of "Thou Shall Not Be a Jerk: A Christian's Guide to Engaging Politics" to help us think through some of these issues. Here is an excerpt from that webinar on the difference between peacemaking and peacekeeping.
It has been two years since the Zero Tolerance Policy issued in May 2018 that separated immigrant and refugee parents and children who arrived at the U.S. border seeking safety. Here is an update on what family separation looks like today from our friends at KIND (Kids In Need of Defense).
Women of Welcome is a diverse group of Christian women. Together we are creating a movement of Christlike welcome. Meet Lynne, one member of our community. Lynne and her husband - along with their four sons - were missionaries in Africa for twenty-five years. In 2015, their children now grown, they made the decision to leave Africa and return to the States. Their ministry abroad had focused on sharing the love of Christ with their neighbors, and their experiences in another country had shaped them and their family as well.