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People of Faith and Immigration

Global Faith in Action is taking a special interest in the importance of immigration issues in our community.

In the context of the current debate on immigration, it is important for us to remember our ethical responsibilities as people who live faith-driven lives. Our faiths call us to offer hospitality to strangers.

  • The Hebrew Bible: “The strangers who sojourn with you shall be to you as the natives among you, and you shall love them as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt (Leviticus 19:33-34).”
  • In the New Testament, Jesus tells us to welcome the stranger (cf. Matthew 25:35), for “what you do to the least of my brethren, you do unto me (Matthew 25:40).”
  • The Qur’an tells us that we should “serve God…and do good to…orphans, those in need, neighbors who are near, neighbors who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer that you meet, [and those who have nothing] (4:36).”
  • The Hindu scripture Taitiriya Upanishad tells us: “The guest is a representative of God (1.11.2)”
As people of faith, we call for the creation of humane policies that honor the sacred humanity of all people—native born, documented or undocumented immigrant.

If you desire to be more educated about immigration issues or would like to write a letter to your representative, please

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for more information. We want to leave you with something to think about. Here are a few common misconceptions about undocumented workers.
  • MYTH: The nation spends billions of dollars on welfare for undocumented immigrants. FACT: To the contrary, undocumented immigrants are not eligible to receive any “welfare” benefits and even legal immigrants are severely restricted in the benefits they can receive.


  • MYTH: Undocumented immigrants are more likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens. FACT: Both undocumented and legal immigrants are significantly less likely to commit crimes than U.S. citizens.


  • MYTH: Most immigrants cross the border illegally. FACT: According to the Department of Homeland Security, around 75% of today’s immigrants have legal permanent (immigrant) visas; of the 25% that are undocumented, 40% overstay temporary (non-immigrant) visas.


  • MYTH: Immigrants don’t pay taxes. FACT: “Undocumented immigrants…contribute to the tax rolls but are ineligible for almost all Federal public assistance and most Federal-State programs.” The Social Security Administration says that undocumented immigrants contribute at the rate of $7 billion per year to fun Social Security benefits, which they will never be able to collect.


Scriptures compiled by the National Council of Churches. Myths compiled by Sunflower Community Action.

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