On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, the Board of Missions focusing on Social Justice presented an informational program on immigration and the rule of law.
Anthony Collins, an immigration attorney, spoke to a group of over 50 participants about how our present immigration laws were enacted by Congress, how they are enforced by the Department of Justice, and how the laws are affecting immigrants today.
We learned about changes and trends over time, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and about some of the ambiguities and inequalities of the system.
Mr. Collins defined terms like non-immigrant and immigrant, refugee and asylum seekers, and explained the three ways someone could come to the U.S. legally. He discussed the difference between temporary and permanent status, and naturalization.
Attendees raised many questions and there was plenty of discussion throughout the presentation. When asked, “What do we ask our leaders to do?” Anthony Collins suggested that Congress would need to enact Immigration Laws that clearly addressed the ambiguity and inconsistency of enforcement by the Department of Justice.