Walter Kim became the NAE president in January 2020. He also serves as teacher-in-residence at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, after ministering for 15 years at Boston’s historic Park Street Church. He has spent nearly three decades preaching, writing and engaging in collaborative leadership to connect the Bible to the significant intellectual, cultural and social issues of the day. He serves on the boards of Christianity Today and World Relief, and on the Advisory Council of Gordon College. Kim received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, his M.Div. from Regent College in Vancouver, and his B.A. from Northwestern University, and he is a licensed minister in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court surprised many with a decision that, for the moment, keeps the hopes of Dreamers — immigrants who came to America as children — alive. While affirming the president’s authority to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the 5-4 opinion found that the process by which the Trump administration had ended the program was legally insufficient.
For many Christians and others who know and love Dreamers, the Court’s decision was a huge relief – but temporary. Why not permanently protect Dreamers and the American values they represent?