Speak up to protect refugees’ right to seek asylum
advocacy / immigration / refugees

Speak up to protect refugees’ right to seek asylum

  By Elket Rodríguez Who can forget the Holocaust? In just five years, nearly 6 million Jews died at the hands of the Nazis and their supporting governments. We also must remember the Third Reich planted the seeds of genocide long before it carried out the Holocaust. Much earlier, the German government implemented multiple policies … Continue reading

Preying on fear, pandemics spark hatred, violence and injustice
immigration

Preying on fear, pandemics spark hatred, violence and injustice

By Elket Rodríguez Across the ages, pandemics have packed punitive punches: From 1347 to 1351, the black death swept across Europe. Mobs scapegoated Jews, murdering thousands. In the early 20th century, the Spanish flu spread throughout the world, and millions died. In the United States, the pandemic spawned racial and social unrest, prompting the deaths … Continue reading

CBF leaders celebrate Supreme Court decision on DACA, call for action from Congress
advocacy / immigration

CBF leaders celebrate Supreme Court decision on DACA, call for action from Congress

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship leaders applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 18 decision that blocks deportation of about 700,000 residents who came to the United States as children and who have been protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, or DACA. In Department of Homeland Security (DHS) v. Regents of the University of … Continue reading

Líderes de CBF celebran la decisión de la Corte Suprema sobre DACA, el llamado a la acción del Congreso
advocacy / Espanol / immigration / refugees

Líderes de CBF celebran la decisión de la Corte Suprema sobre DACA, el llamado a la acción del Congreso

Líderes del Compañerismo Bautista Cooperativo (CBF) respaldaron la decisión de la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos del 18 de junio que paraliza la deportación de unos 700,000 residentes que llegaron a los Estados Unidos cuando eran niños y que han sido protegidos de la deportación por la Acción Diferida para la Llegada a la … Continue reading

For the sake of our souls
Fellowship Southwest / immigration / racial justice / Racial Reconciliation

For the sake of our souls

By Elket Rodríguez The voice speaking through my phone carried me to the side of a brother in the faith. He is Cuban, black and seeking U.S. citizenship. He called to ask a sad question that reflects our times: “How can I protect myself from police intervention?” His question provoked tears as I reflected on … Continue reading

Welcoming the Stranger in Unwelcoming Time
advocacy / Featured / Field Personnel / immigration / refugees

Welcoming the Stranger in Unwelcoming Time

By Chris Hughes  For Rev. Mark Mofield, it was a pregnant moment full of possibilities for faith and politics to collide right in the middle of his church, and for things to get messy. As senior pastor of Temple Baptist Church, a CBF-affiliated congregation in Durham, N.C., he and the church’s deacon team had just … Continue reading

Border pastors’ spouses provide the foundation of their immigrant ministries
advocacy / COVID-19 / Fellowship Southwest / immigration / refugees

Border pastors’ spouses provide the foundation of their immigrant ministries

By Elket Rodríguez The pastors on the front lines of Fellowship Southwest’s Immigrant Relief Ministry do not labor alone. Their strongest allies—their spouses—support, encourage and fortify them as they fight hunger, deprivation, exploitation, injustice and vulnerability all along the U.S.-Mexico border. These women’s tenacity, commitment and passion is unparalleled. They willingly sacrifice most of their … Continue reading

On the Ground: Fellowship Southwest immigrant ministries remain resilient in face of COVID-19
COVID-19 / Fellowship Southwest / immigration / refugees

On the Ground: Fellowship Southwest immigrant ministries remain resilient in face of COVID-19

By Elket Rodríguez COVID-19 has transformed Fellowship Southwest’s immigrant relief ministries all along the U.S.-Mexico border. Among the pastors who guide the effort, some are reinventing their ministries, others have identified new service opportunities, and still others have suffered losses and obstacles that put their work at risk. Yet they demonstrate resiliency only achieved through … Continue reading

An immigration “bottleneck,” Chiapas is home to misery
COVID-19 / Fellowship Southwest / immigration

An immigration “bottleneck,” Chiapas is home to misery

By Elket Rodríguez A crisis among global immigrants who hope—or who once hoped—to obtain asylum in the United States is playing out in desperation and hunger hundreds of miles from the U.S-Mexico border. Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, is one of the world’s most important migration corridors. Races, nationalities, hopes and frustrations clash in Chiapas. Northbound … Continue reading

Churches are crucial to protecting immigrants, Mexican leader says 
COVID-19 / immigration

Churches are crucial to protecting immigrants, Mexican leader says 

By Elket Rodríguez  People of faith are helping provide a buffer of protection between the coronavirus and thousands of immigrants along the United States border, a government leader in north central Mexico reported. “The best (protective) efforts have been working side-by-side with organizations of faith, specifically the evangelical churches,” Enrique Valenzuela said of the government’s efforts to contain … Continue reading