Immigration

Social Concerns
Bishop Felipe Ruiz-Aguilar (center) and United Methodist Global Ministries missionary Yabes Manokaran (left) share communion with migrants during a worship service at El Faro: The Border Church. Photo by Misael Ruiz Lara, Methodist Church of Mexico.

Mexican church helping migrants in Tijuana, Apaxco

Methodist churches are helping provide food, shelter for members of the migrant caravan camped out in Tijuana, Mexico.
Social Concerns
A website set up by CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C., gives the story of Samuel Oliver-Bruno, who has been active in his church community for 12 years. After living for almost a year at the church, Oliver-Bruno, who is undocumented, was arrested on Friday, Nov. 23. Image courtesy of CityWell United Methodist Church at sanctuaryatcitywell.org.

Churchgoers arrested after ICE detains man

Samuel Oliver-Bruno had taken sanctuary in a United Methodist church for 11 months but was detained at an appointment with immigration officials.
Social Concerns
Immigrants who have just been released from a U.S. Border Patrol detention facility wait at the bus station in McAllen, Texas, in this photo from Aug. 1. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishops: Don't villainize migrants

In a statement, United Methodist bishops as well as Methodist colleagues in Mexico and El Salvador called on their churches and governments to do more to welcome the caravans of people seeking refuge.
Social Concerns
Bishop Felipe Ruiz Aguilar of the Methodist Church of Mexico (front) and Roberto Casares of El Divino Redentor Methodist Church help serve dinner to migrants and others living on the street at Mariachi Plaza in Mexicali, Mexico, in August 2018. Ruiz was among six bishops of the Methodist Church of Mexico who signed a statement urging better treatment of refugees. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Mexican bishops urge better treatment of migrants

Be “water and manna in the desert” to migrants, six Mexican bishops exhort in a statement.

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