UPCI Releases Official Statement on DACA

The United Pentecostal Church International has released an official statement on its position in regards to DACA.

The statement reads as follows:

As announced by President Trump, the Department of Homeland Security has officially rescinded an administrative program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), with a delay of six months for current recipients. Under the US Constitution, immigration is under the jurisdiction of the federal government rather than the states, and the US Congress has the authority and responsibility to pass legislation concerning immigration. It is likely that many attendees and members of the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI), both inside and outside the United States, will be affected by this shift in US immigration policy. Many people may face long-term separation from immediate family members, economic difficulties, and other challenges. While the UPCI does not take positions on specific national immigration policies, we believe the US Congress should address the issues involved.

The UPCI encourages its members to remain sensitive to the diverse circumstances of their Christian brothers and sisters when discussing political and legal questions related to immigration policy. The UPCI (1) supports the rule of law, (2) acknowledges every individual’s right to hold differing opinions in political matters, and (3) extends Christian love and kindness to people of all ethnicities and nationalities. The fundamental doctrine of the United Pentecostal Church International articulates two deep commitments. The first expresses its beliefs regarding biblical salvation. The second conveys its dedication to maintaining unity among members. When members of the body of Christ find themselves on different sides of political and legal controversies, they should not allow those disagreements to threaten their unity in Christ.

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Source: UPCI

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