U.S. President Barack Obama and United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño have cited the Christmas story as the best example of how to welcome the undocumented “strangers among us.”
Both were in Nashville Dec. 9. Obama was at Casa Azafrán, a community center which offers a wide variety of services for Nashville’s diverse immigrant population. He came there to talk about the executive action he issued in November. The center houses Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors, a United Methodist program that offers free legal service to immigrants.
“When we look at the vulnerable immigrant child we should see the Christ child,” said Carcaño, leader of the California-Pacific Conference who was attending a meeting in Nashville. She said it is time for Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform and for the church to open their hearts to helping undocumented people. “In this season of mercy and grace, how do we open our hearts to the vulnerable immigrant child?” Read more of Kathy L. Gilbert’s UMNS story