As the Citizen Among Us: Immigration Study Guide

coverAs the Citizen Among Us: Loving the Immigrant as Ourselves is ESA’s free small group study guide on immigration. To download the free pdf, click on the title (4.8MB).

The following resources are available to supplement your use of the study guide.


America, You Must Be Born Again!” by Stephen Pavey

Fight the Bed Mandate” by Maria-José Soerens

Go and Do Likewise” by Todd L. Lake

A Hunger Strike, Detention, and the Bread of Life” by Maria-José Soerens

“The Immigration Debate: Can the Bible Help?” by M. Daniel Carroll Rodas

Immigration Has a Name” by Elizabeth D. Rios

Is Immigration Reform Just Another Way of Saying ‘Amnesty’?” by Ronald J. Sider

It’s Time, Mr. President” by Linda Espenshade

Mother of Exiles” by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang Yang

Out of the Shadows and into the Light” by Stephen Pavey

Privileged, Prepared, and Powerless” by Craig Keener

The Story of a People on the Move” by Todd Svanoe

Taking Up the Case of the Stranger” by Luis Cortes and Meredith Rapkin

Tomato Justice” by Tim Høiland

What Latino Immigrants Have Taught Me About My Citizenship” by Todd Svanoe

What They Bring” by M. Daniel Carroll Rodas

Tools:what part...

Know Your Rights cards

The Immigrant’s Creed

What Part of Legal Immigration Don’t You Understand? (A game of chance)


The Secrets of Strangers

Can’t Afford the Sunshine” by Lloyd Marcus

Wake Me Up” by Aloe Blacc

“The Stranger” is a 40-minute documentary film commissioned by the Evangelical Immigration Table and produced by Emmy-award winning producer Linda Midgett. The film profiles three immigrant stories and includes interviews with local and national Christian leaders. Contact Evangelical Immigration Table to get your free copy of the film.


Not One More Deportation

Dream Activists’ YouTube channel and Facebook page


Prayer for Migrants

Prayer for Immigrants (and prayer of confession)

"Christ of Maryknoll" by Robert Lentz ( Used by permission.

“Christ of Maryknoll” by Robert Lentz ( Used by permission.

Advocacy resources:

Learn, Pray, Reach Out: 8 things you can do right now

On detention:
① Call and/or visit your representatives, urging them to support the Accountability in Immigration Detention Bill.
② Follow the Detention Watch Network’s “End the Quota” Campaign (#endthequota).
③ Detention of migrants has become a problem on a global scale. Go to the Global Detention Project for more information.
④ Read the UNHCR’s 2014-2019 Beyond Detention: A global strategy to support governments to end the detention of asylum-seekers and refugees.
⑤ Write letters to and/or visit detainees in your community.

On immigration reform and immigration justice:
① Follow the Evangelical Immigration Table for information and updates.
② Check out the advocacy guide released by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.
③  Follow the Evangelical Immigration Table’s prayer initiative (#pray4reform).