Friends, the following letter will be mailed to Arizona and Nevada US House of Representatives and US Senators. If you would like to add your name to this letter, please email communications@dscumc.org with your name and city including your title if you feel it is appropriate to do so no later than Wednesday, September 13, 2017. The names will be added to the letter and copies will be mailed on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord of Justice and Mercy, Jesus Christ:

Since 2008 The United Methodist Church has held that legislation to reform the “US immigration system must affirm the worth, dignity, and inherent value and rights of migrants.” [1] The official stance of The United Methodist Church is that the US Congress should adopt the DREAM Act.  This legislation should “provide for these children, who have lived most of their lives in this country, access to educational opportunities and full participation in the life of the only nation they have known, and identify with, the US.” [2]  In the absence of congressional action, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was filling this gap for undocumented young people brought to the United States by their parents.

On September 5th, President Trump, through Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement, put the future of nearly 800,000 young people, and their families in jeopardy. As you are aware, this action effectively terminated the DACA program, which has protected undocumented immigrant young people from deportation by providing legal status and work authorization.

We, the undersigned clergy and lay leaders of the Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church, are in ministry with, and among, many communities throughout Arizona and Southern Nevada that have been immediately and negatively impacted with fear and hardship by this action.  We stand with our DACA young people and condemn the fear and uncertainty that this action has caused.

We insist that our elected representatives to Congress work toward an immediate and permanent solution that will protect and ensure a legal future for DACA young people.  This can be done through the passage of legislation that ends any uncertainty, and guarantees a future of dignity here in the United States for DACA young people.

As a people of faith, we are called to act for justice, compassion, and mercy and to hold others accountable for doing the same. We call on Congress to act likewise.


Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata, Scottsdale, AZ
Rev. Beth Rambikur, Phoenix, AZ
Rev. Neil Leftwich, Avondale, AZ
Rev. Mark Conrad, Sierra Vista, AZ
Rev. David McPherson, Phoenix, AZ
Christina Dillabough, Scottsdale, AZ
Laurie Lineberry, Yuma, AZ
Randy Bowman, Phoenix, AZ
Rev. Susan Brims, Phoenix, AZ
Rev. Daniel Morley, Las Vegas, NV
Pastor Rolland Loomis, The Inn Project, Oro Valley, AZ
Pastor Jimmy Nelson Jr., Holbrook & Winslow, Arizona
Dr. Jayne Knoche, Sierra Vista, AZ
Rev. Jeff Procter-Murphy, Tempe, AZ
Rev. Brian Kemp-Schlemmer, Phoenix, AZ
Rev. Tom Jelinek, Patagonia AZ
Rev. Judith Boroto, Tucson AZ
Pastor Noni Dye. AZ
Rev. Sherry Brady, Safford, AZ
Rev. Melissa Rynders, Mariana AZ
Dr. Don Booth, Oro Valley, AZ
Rev. Clyde W. Chesnutt, Prescott, AZ 86301
Rev. Rock Fremont, Phoenix, AZ
Rev. Valerie Fairchild, Peoria, AZ
C. Bryan Ruth, Scottsdale, AZ
Laura Rambikur, Phoenix AZ
Erna Snukis, Bullhead City, AZ
Allie Lakey, North Las Vegas, NV
Rev. Misty Howick, Prescott Arizona
Deaconess Marjie Hrabe, Tucson, AZ
Rev. Sande Kimbel, Scottsdale, AZ
Bill White, Phoenix, AZ
Linda White, Phoenix, AZ</em
Helen Mary Meryl Ahart, Las Vegas, NV
Janet Culbertson, Glendale, AZ
Rev Joel Bullock, Chandler, AZ
Thomas J. Griggs, Peoria, Arizona
Pastor Clare H. Sullivan, Peoria, AZ
William J Austin, MD, Flagstaff, AZ
David L James, Rio Verde, AZ
Rev. Jonathan Hall, Cottonwood AZ
Rev. Jane Baker, Gilbert, AZ
Sue Gemoets, Tucson, Arizona
Jaela Pipkins, Las Vegas, Nevada
Rev. Anthony Tang, Scottsdale, AZ
Rev. Amy Barron-Gafford, Tucson, AZ
Rev. Dr. David Summers, Paradise Valley, AZ
Rev Shirley Wells, Tempe, AZ
Beth Ann King, Sahuarita, AZ
Deaconess Martha Lundgren, Tucson, AZ
Mark Hrabe, Tucson, AZ
Kathy Schock, Mesa, AZ
Christopher Odell, Gilbert, AZ
Rev. Sandy Johnson, Boulder City, NV
Rev. David Patterson, Phoenix, AZ
Joy Bentley, Maricopa, AZ
Rev. Ann Thomas, Scottsdale, AZ
Janis S. Johnson, Scottsdale AZ
Ellen M. Bloom, Scottsdale, AZ
Susan Potts, Scottsdale, AZ
Norman Jenson, Scottsdale, AZ
Beverly A. Aldrich, Scottsdale, AZ
Cathy Janssen, Scottsdale, AZ
Bert te Velde, Scottsdale, AZ
Abra Parkhurst, Scottsdale, AZ
Kevin Bethancourt, Tempe, AZ

[1] 2016 Book of Resolutions, p. 291
[2] IBID, p. 291.

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