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PRESS RELEASE: Evangelical Leaders: Protect Iraqi Christians from Deportation

June 19, 2017

In a letter to the Trump administration today, evangelical leaders are calling for a halt to deportations of Iraqi Christians.

“We write urgently and with grave concern that Christians will be removed from the United States to face potential persecution, and even potential death, in the Middle East,” begins the letter from leaders of Evangelical Immigration Table organizations.

The letter, addressed to Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, includes a request that the administration defer the deportation of Chaldean Christians until Iraq’s government “proves willing and capable of protecting the rights of religious minorities.”

It also quotes Vice President Mike Pence speaking about how Christians in Iraq have been targeted.

The full letter is available here.

Resource: Preaching God’s Heart for Immigrants & Refugees

June 2017

Preaching God’s Heart for Immigrants & Refugees

Click on the above link for a resource created for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting with contributions from:

  • Miguel Ecchevarria, Director of Hispanic Leadership Development, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Keelan Cook, Sr. Church Consultant, Union Baptist Association (Houston, TX)
  • Jonathan Akin, Director of Young Leader Engagement, NAMB, Former Pastor, Fairview Church, Lebanon, TN
  • Alan Cross, Missional Strategist, Montgomery (AL) Baptist Association
  • SBC Resolutions on Immigrant and Refugee Ministry, 2011 and 2015

This and other Evangelical Perspectives on Immigration represent one evangelical perspective on immigration—that of the authors—and not necessarily the views of every member organization of the Evangelical Immigration Table or every signatory of the Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform.

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