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People who live and work here without documentation are among the most vulnerable people in our country. They are more likely to live in poverty and to struggle to put food on the table. The national poverty rate is 14.8 percent, while immigrants as a group have a poverty rate of 30 percent.
Any approach to reforming our immigration system must tackle undocumented immigration on both sides of the border. This is an international issue at its core. And while it may be difficult, we must uncover and address the root causes that are creating this need to escape home countries and enter the United States.
As a Christian-based organization, we strongly believe in moving our faith into action. Matthew 25:35 says, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me….” Part of loving our brothers and sisters requires advocating for their well-being and dignity.
We approach immigration policy through the lens of hunger and poverty, and as a path to economic growth. Our approach is informed by our faith as a Christian organization committed to ending hunger and poverty, both domestically and abroad.
Immigration policy can help reduce hunger and poverty in our country as well as home countries abroad. Here are six guiding principles for immigration policy.
"I was a stranger and you welcomed me"
Afghanistan would be considered likely to have high rates of hunger because at least two of the major causes of global hunger affect it—armed conflict and fragile governmental institutions.
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all preventable deaths among children under 5. Every year, the world loses hundreds of thousands of young children and babies to hunger-related causes.
Bread for the World is calling on the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to build a better 1,000-Days infrastructure in the United States.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to respond to changes in need, making it well suited to respond to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bread for the World and its partners are asking Congress to provide $200 million for global nutrition.
In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.