La Verne Church of the Brethren Affirms Statement

Welcoming the Stranger: A Call for Just Immigration Reform

A statement titled Welcoming the Stranger: A Call for Just Immigration Reform was passed
by the Church Board of the La Verne Church of the Brethren, and co-signed by over 100 members of the
church community. The statement reads as follows:
We the undersigned, members of the La Verne Church of the Brethren in California,
reaffirm the Church of the Brethren’s 1982 Annual conference statement on
undocumented persons and refugees in the United States. “The Church of the Brethren
has long acknowledged the Bible’s call for justice in immigration policy. Matthew 25:35
says, ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me,’ which reminds us that our response to
‘the least of these’ is just as important as the manner in which we would choose to treat
We believe each human being who enters the United States deserves to be treated with
compassion, tolerance, and receive just due process. Recent practices of the United
States government of zero tolerance and separating children from their parents is
immoral, illegal, unconstitutional, and un-American. The Bible condemns those who
exploit immigrants. Ezekiel 22:7 says, ‘Father and mother are treated with contempt in
you; the sojourner suffers extortion in your midst; the fatherless and the widow are
wronged in you.’ Instead the Bible calls for us to love those who are foreigners,
Deuteronomy 10:19 ‘Love sojourners for you were sojourners’. As people of faith, it is
essential that we respond to God’s call to welcome strangers, extend hospitality,
recognize the inherent dignity of each human being, and oppose immoral laws and
practices of our government that violate these principles.
Therefore, we urge the United States government to immediately reunite families that
have been separated, abolish the zero tolerance policy, provide just due process, and
treat these neighbors crossing our borders as we would want to be treated. US policies
and practices must be compassionate and just, in compliance with the U.S. Constitution,
our American values and International Human Rights protocol.
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