Immigration and Refugee Advocacy


CBF Advocacy priorities flow directly from the mission commitments and experiences of local congregations as well as our field personnel. CBF has been sharing the love of Christ with immigrant and refugee communities throughout our 25-year history and global migration is one of three contexts which serve as a focus of the work of Global Missions. It is this love of neighbor which leads to advocacy alongside and on behalf of immigrants and refugees. In April of 2017, CBF Advocacy established its first-ever Advocacy Action Team to educate, encourage and equip effective advocacy with immigrant and refugee communities. The members of this team cultivate a network of active advocates, provide useful up-to-date resources, and encourage direct policy advocacy at critical moments.

On March 2, 2020, CBF Advocacy announced the addition of Elket Rodriguez as Immigrant and Refugee Specialist. Elket will coordinate CBF's immigration advocacy efforts, help coordinate and educate Fellowship Southwest immigrant-relief volunteers, provide legal aid to asylum seekers and gather stories of refugees and immigration issues. Find out more by clicking here.

Featured Resource

CBF Advocacy is proud to feature our Values and Principles for Immigration Reform. You can download the PDF of the Values and Principles for Immigration Reform at the bottom of this page or you can view them by clicking here.

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Immigrant Advisory

COVID-19 Immigrant Advisory - Spanish

COVID-19 Immigration Policy Statement

COVID-19 Immigration Policy Statement - Spanish

Advocacy Action Team Members:

Anyra Cano - Coordinator, Texas Baptist Women in Ministry; Academic Coordinator, Christian Latina Leadership Institute; Youth Minister, Iglesia Bautista Victoria en Cristo, Ft. Worth, Texas
Emily Morrow Loachamin - Support; La Puerta; Waco, TX
Greg & Sue Smith - CBF field personnel, LUCHA Ministries Inc., Fredericksburg, VA
Jorge Zapata - Associate Coordinator of Missions and Hispanic Ministries; CBF Texas; San Antonio, TX
Marc & Kim Wyatt - CBF field personnel, Advocates for Internationals, Research Triangle Raleigh, N.C.
Marv Knox - Field Coordinator, Fellowship Southwest
Ruben Ortiz - CBF Latino Field Coordinator
Elket Rodriguez - CBF Immigrant and Refugee Specialist; Harlingen, TX
Stephen Reeves - Associate Coordinator for Partnerships & Advocacy, Decatur, Ga.

For more information please contact Elket Rodriguez at

For periodic updates from CBF Advocacy, click here.

Fellowship Southwest is also a great place for resources for immigrants and refugees. Visit their website at Fellowship Southwest.

CBF Blog Posts & Articles

For a selection of blog posts on immigrants and refugees from the CBF Blog, please click here.

Cooperative Baptists Minister To Refugees and Immigrants Despite Order Barring Travel To The U.S. By Aaron Weaver (Patheos, January 30, 2017)
Embracing our Refugee Neighbor – English Not Required By Marc Wyatt (Patheos, February 6, 2017)
The Moral Obligation of Welcoming — CBF field personnel serves refugee families seeking freedom from fear By Ashleigh Bugg (Patheos, February 15, 2017)
Postponing Love in an Airport By Kristen Pope (Patheos, January 31, 2017)
I Am an Immigrant By Michael Cheuk (Patheos, January 31, 2017)
Mercy in the Midst of Struggle: A DACA Story By Greg Smith (Patheos, December 30, 2016)
The Difficult Decision to Emigrate, Leave Family Behind By Sue Smith (Ethics Daily, March 27, 2017)

Immigration and Refugee Videos


Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Resources

August 27, 2019

Immigration Reform: Values and Principles

August 27, 2019

Sanctuary Resource for Congregations

February 23, 2018

Refugees and Immigration: A Comprehensive Resource List

February 23, 2018

Summary of 2017 Immigration Bills

February 23, 2018

The Truth about DACA

February 23, 2018

DACA and DREAMers: Facts and Future

February 23, 2018

General Immigration Advocacy

February 23, 2018

DACA – Jemima’s Story

February 23, 2018

DACA – Itzayana’s Story