Immigration & Refugees
AMMPARO Resources, including Welcoming Congregations
“Dios es nuestro amparo y fortaleza,” (“God is our refuge and strength,”) – Psalm 46:1
AMMPARO is a holistic, whole church commitment by the ELCA, as a church in the world, to accompany children today and in the future.
The word “amparo” in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The ELCA’s strategy to Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Due to our connection to companion churches in the region, including companion synod relationships, and existing ministries in the U.S., the ELCA is well-positioned to help ensure that these vulnerable children are protected.
LOPPW Action: May 2019 Immigration Actions
Letter Rendon Hicapie Gartner Was due by noon on May 17, 2019
Governor Tony Evers Executive Order on the National Guard: eo_13
Nativity 2018 – Hymn dedicated to refugees seeking asylum, and to those who provide them sanctuary. Text was written by former LOPPW advisory council member, Rev. Nick Utphall. Nativity2018-Assembly Nativity2018 (2)
Tuesday, December 18 is International Migrant Day! Dec 2018 Pledge to Stand in Solidarity with People Seeking Asylum (1) from the Greater Milwaukee Synod
Video on How Family Separation Traumatized Children from The Atlantic
Call to Action posted on October 31, 2018 Comment on two key immigration rules
Updated sample letter to send to your U.S. senator and Congressperson: Letters for Congress & Senators