Immigration is a Hunger Issue

January 31, 2017
Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World

Why Is Immigration a Hunger Issue?

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"

Matthew 25:35

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