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Becoming the Body of Christ: The Unique Contribution of the Church To the Immigration Crisis

By Alexia Salvatierra

“God helped us to arrive here safely” said the exhausted Honduran mother of two in the refugee camp, El Barretal, on the outskirts of Tijuana.  Many of the families who travelled with the recent Caravans identify as Christians.  Yet, a recent survey showed that 57% of white evangelicals perceive immigrants as a threat to American society.  Through the lens of scripture, these Central American Christians and U.S. Christians are members of the same Body of Christ – a Body that apparently has an auto-immune disease.  Is that necessarily true?  What is the actual and potential contribution of the Church to the struggle for immigrant justice and immigration reform?

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