Buckner and The Baptist General Convention of Texas announced their plan to create the Immigration Services and Aid Center at a convention. Through ISAAC, churches will eventually have help getting assistance in obtaining basic immigration law training, clergy citizenship assistance, immigration ministry center development, and education and information for churches.
With government accreditation, churches who are members of ISAAC will be able to assist people with filling out forms and sometimes represent them in immigration courts.
Albert Reyes, president of Buckner International, says this project is helping them fulfill their mission to help at-risk children and families. "Immigrant families face tremendous challenges that put stress on their homes," Reyes said. "This ministry helps immigrant families stay together and strong."
With access to more than 5,500 Texas Baptist churches, they have direct access to people who need this ministry. Already, a church in McKinney, Texas, and one in San Antonio have immigration centers.
"The church has a biblical mandate to speak up on behalf of the alien and stranger in this country," said Suzii Paynter, director of BGCT Christian Life Commission. "We believe the best way to do this is through the proper legal channels set forth by the United States."
Call 888-244-9400 if you or your church would like to request more information about the program. Ask for immigration services.