MARCHA’s Statement on the Recent Grand Juries Decisions

“How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality . . .give justice to the weak and the orphan, maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy . . .” (Psalm 82:2-4)
MARCHA, Methodist Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic American, sees with great concern, righteous indignation, and alarm the recent decisions of grand juries in the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Great Concern. The recent cases highlighted in the news, are two more examples of the unequal application of justice in our nation, and the apparent lack of accountability and transparency of the mistreatment and unnecessary force, with tragic consequences, used by police against people of color. [Read more…]

Cumbre Iberoamericana sobre el tema de Migración

Durante los días del 18 al 20 de noviembre de 2014, líderes de las iglesias Metodistas de Centro América y México se reunieron en una Cumbre Iberoamericana para explorar maneras en las que las iglesias en Centro América pueden acompañar al pueblo inmigrante durante su largo viaje. El evento fue auspiciado por la Junta de Ministerios Globales y el Plan Nacional de Ministerio Hispanos-Latinos. Antes de finalizar el evento, los presentes redactaron una carta que refleja las intenciones del grupo. MARCHA, como miembro del Comité Inter Agencia de la Iglesia Metodista Unida, celebra y respalda esta iniciativa en favor del pueblo migrante.

MARCHA Applauds President’s Obama Executive Action on Immigration

MARCHA (Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans) commends President Barack Obama for his long awaited executive decision to act on immigration. We rejoice that about 5 million undocumented persons will temporarily benefit from the President’s action. They will be able to put aside their fear of apprehension and deportation, and most important they will remain with their children in the US. We also celebrate President Obama’s decision to suspend the Secure Communities Program, a policy that has created so much pain among undocumented persons, and communities in general, separating families, and that was misused by law enforcement officials who criminalized persons for minor infractions and lacking proper documentation.

We remain concerned that millions of hard working persons are being excluded from these actions, like parents of Dreamers, farm workers, and the children and families from Central America who fled their countries due to the increased violence by organized crime. Children, as young as eight years of age, are being recruited by the gangs (maras) coopted by the narco-traffic networks that have developed in Honduras, El Salvador Guatemala and Mexico.

We are keenly aware that the US immigration system is broken and requires a comprehensive reform that is fair just, fair, based on high ethical and moral principles and provides a path for citizenship. A reform that the US Congress has been unable or unwilling to accomplish. This is a human rights issue. MARCHA is committed to continue to work and advocate before Congress until this kind of reform is achieved and invites all United Methodists and other people of faith to join us in this important cause.

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