By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Immigration series planned at First Baptist

There was so much interest, the congregation decided to explore the issue further. It has scheduled a four-session Sunday school class, “Wrestling with Issues of Immigration: Faith, Community and Public Policy.”

The series opens at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 21. The hope is to attract other members of the community as well, according to Barbara Nelson, member of the education team.

The sessions will be facilited by Sally Godard and Emily Kerrigan. They are affiliated with the Unidos Bridging Committee, a local group which has been working on building support between the Latino and non-Latino communities in Yamhill County.

Members of the local Latino community, including Causa intern Miriam Corona, a Linfield student who grew up in Dayton, will also participate. 

“Immigration, and issues of immigration, are such a hot topic now,” Godard said. “It’s hugely important for Oregon. Most of our non-Latino community don’t have an understanding of what those Latinos in our community have to face and how, for them, the immigration system has been broken for a number of years.”

Her hope is that by educating the community about the challenges and potential solutions, a more united community will emerge.

The county supports an extensive agricultural industry that employs a lot of Latino farmworkers, Godard said. And nationally, it is estimated only 30 percent of them are legally documented.

“In our county, families are mixed,” she said. A family may include undocumented individuals, U.S. citizens and someone who is a permanent resident holding a Green Card.

“The struggles for them are really extensive,” Godard said. “The whole immigration system is overwhelming, beaucratic and detail-oriented.”

“Our goal is to inform, not only our congregation, but the community,” Nelson said.

Godard said that education is also one of Unidos’ goals.

“When it comes right down to it,” she said, “we have a pretty segregated community for Latinos and non-Latinos. We live in different worlds.”

She said education could help change that.

The four sessions, all slated to start at 10 a.m., are booked for April 21, on “The Broken Immigration System: How it Affects Families in our Community;” for April 28, on “Immigrants and Legal Policies: Current Action in the State Legislature and Congress;” for May 5, “Collaborating with Corporations: Immigration, Detention and Deportation;” and May 19, on “A Congregational Response For and With Our Immigrant Neighbors.” They will be held at the church, located at 125 S.E. Cowls St. in downtown McMinnville.

For more information, call the church office at 503-472-7941. 


troy prouty

I think you have to be careful with immigration. It may seem like the right thing to do, but if you do it poorly it can actually cause lowering of economic stability helping nobody. We can look at education for example and realize that many people coming into our country will not have good jobs therefore they remain in poverty thus the oppurtunity of their children for better education lacks. We know since most schools are funded by local bonds, areas that are wealthy have better schools with better results, then the poor areas. It also makes a difference between 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation on literacy. We can't continue to live in this fantasy world of in america you can move up the ladder. the stats show a different story with the U.S. being last in Social economic mobility between all developed democracies in the world.

If we are to do something.. We need the dept of labor stats to work with immigration for a more balanced approach so we don't have huge amounts of unemployment and medicaid cost, why at the same time finding a better solution to solving grades 1-12 more equally and reducing cost for college (which increased more than healthcare)... I think we will also need to bring jobs back to the U.S....


Web Design & Web Development by LVSYS