Matthew Soerens serves as the US Church Training Specialist for World Relief. In that role, he assists churches in understanding the complexities of immigration from a biblical perspective. Matthew previously worked as a Board of Immigration Appeals-accredited legal counselor at World Relief’s local office in DuPage County, Illinois and, before that, worked with World Relief Nicaragua.
Matthew is the co-author, with Jenny Yang, of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate (InterVarsity Press, 2009). He is also the co-creator of UnDocumented.tv.
Matthew earned his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and a master’s degree in International Public Service from DePaul University’s School of Public Service. Originally from Neenah, Wisconsin, Matthew now lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with his wife, Diana.
See Matthew elsewhere:
• Twitter Account
• Welcoming the Stranger
• Check out Matthew’s books on our Recommended Reading page.
What can we do for undocumented immigrants currently suffering under poor work conditions?
The current immigration legislation allows for a great deal of abuse by citizen employers, “Because they know that a lot of immigrants are here without legal status,” according to Jenny Yang, Author and Director of Advocacy and Policy for World Relief’s Refugee and Immigration Program. The current system provides no way for undocumented immigrants to speak up for themselves.
What can I do to minister to and serve immigrants?
“What I always say is show up, and be there,” says student activist Ricardo Zamudio. Young immigrants leaving high school are in desperate need of hope and inspiration, as well as financial resources to go to college and succeed. Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, Founder of FaithRotted.org, says “The more deeply that you love each other, and the more deeply that you know each other, the more deeply you can minister to each other.”
What happens to American born children with undocumented parents?
“What our current system is doing is ripping families apart and leaving this generation without parents,” according to Bethany Anderson, Director of the Our Children Initiative at Solidarity. If a child’s parents are undocumented, the child is usually remanded to the foster care system. “I think 80% – or something like that – of women in the sex industry have come from foster care.”
More Matthew Soerens Videos
A Recent History of Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Are Muslims attempting to establish sharia law in the U.S.?
Are there undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Military?
Can we de-politicize immigration reform?
Don’t believe everything you hear…
Getting Educated on Immigration
How do churches respond to your talks on immigration?
How do immigrants and refugees integrate into American culture?
How do needs of refugees in the U.S. compare with needs of those living in the third world?
How does World Relief engage churches on immigration?
How will your reforms make it harder to enter the U.S. illegally?
Shouldn’t immigrants be more grateful to the U.S.?
The challenges for undocumented children in the education system
What are the solutions to the problems created by agricultural subsidies?
What is the Secure Communities program?
What is the status of refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan?
Which current presidential candidate most strongly supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform?
Who are the opponents of Comprehensive Immigration Reform?
Will immigration be represented at the Justice Conference in 2011?
Will immigration reform hurt or repel people seeking asylum?
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