United Methodists risk arrest in deportation protest

Bishop Minerva Carcaño led a group of United Methodists as they joined with more than 100 faith leaders and immigration activists in an act of civil disobedience in front of the White House on July 31, 2014 to demand President Barack Obama end “inhumane” immigration enforcement policies. Bill Mefford, director at the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, said United Methodists came from Texas, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, California, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, Mississippi, Tennessee and Hawaii in support of immigration reform. United Methodist News Service has more coverage of the demonstration. 

Video streaming of the immigration event began at 12 noon EST/ 11 a.m. CST on July 31, 2014.


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