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Only 10 Christian Refugees From Iraq and Syria Admitted to US in 2018; Evangelicals Respond

June 20, 2018

As the Trump administration has promised to help Christians and other religious minorities who faced genocide at the hands of the Islamic State, the U.S. government has resettled only 10 Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria since the beginning of 2018.

Female evangelical activists spoke out against the Trump administration’s policies pertaining to the dramatic slowdown in refugee admissions during an Evangelical Immigration Table conference call Monday, two days before World Refugee Day Wednesday.

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Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy denounced, defended

June 20, 2018

Southern Baptist and other evangelical female leaders expressed their opposition Monday (June 18) to separating children from parents on the border as Congress prepares again to take up the immigration issue.

The call for a change in the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that has resulted in family separation at the United States’ border with Mexico came as Republican criticism grew even while executive branch defense of the practice hardened.

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Commentary: Abusing immigrants and the Bible

June 19, 2018

I remember growing up and wanting to point at people.

“Look at what that person is wearing” or “look at the weird thing that person is doing.”

It’s natural, and I imagine many of us heard the same line from our parents and teachers: “when you point at someone, you have three fingers pointing back at you.”

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Coach Stephens, what would you have done?

It was a class I had taught dozens of times.  We would go over many Government issues and then I would ask the class what their views on it were, what the typical Democrat/Republican views were, and then I would give my personal views.  Today, the topic was  immigration: I listened as my public high school students challenged each other with their thoughts.  Then I gave my view. 

I am a conservative…but I teach in a place that has a fairly high number of immigrants in the country illegally.  As the head soccer coach, I coached many of them (although I never asked about their status).  As a pastor in the community, I just wanted to minister to them.  After I cited these talking points, one of the smartest girls that I have ever taught raised her hand.  She said, “Coach Stephens, why do you think that we do not deserve a chance at freedom?” 

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Evangelical leaders urge against family separation at USA-Mexico border

June 16, 2018 

The Church of the Nazarene, as a global family, affirms our citizenship in God’s kingdom and cannot support the separation of children from their parents at the USA-Mexico border.

Jesus reminds us that the kingdom of heaven belongs to little children and that whatever we have done for the least of these, we have done for Jesus himself. Shaped by the love of Christ, the kingdom of God offers a better way that we can live in the here and now. We are a people of reconciliation and in a desire to do so, the Board of General Superintendents has signed the letter of concern from the Evangelical Immigration Table.

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Outraged at Trump’s family separation policies? Here’s what you can do

June 16, 2018

Women in immigrant detention are recounting the last time they saw their children, which was weeks, oftentimes months ago. Accounts describe children sleeping five to a 40-square-foot room in these centers, their siblings of a different gender also states away. Some mothers say they were told their children were being taken for a bath, but were never returned. One woman says an immigration official took her daughter away while she was breastfeeding.

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‘It’s Disgraceful’: Franklin Graham Rebukes Immigration Policy on CBN Drawing National Attention

June 14, 2018

Humanitarian Franklin Graham’s rebuke of an immigration policy that separates families at the border surprised many who watch the immigration debate, and it may indicate a growing unease among evangelicals over the policy.

Graham, the head of Samaritan’s Purse and a strong Trump supporter, made the comment during an interview with CBN News on Tuesday. “It’s disgraceful. It’s terrible to see families ripped apart and I don’t support that one bit,” he said.

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Franklin Graham Blames Politicians of the Past for Trump Policy Separating Families at Border

June 14, 2018 

Leading evangelist Franklin Graham has argued that past politicians, rather than President Donald Trump, is to blame for the administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration enforcement policy that has resulted in more children being separated from their immigrant parents who have been criminally charged at the U.S. Southern border in recent months.

Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the humanitarian aid group Samaritan’s Purse, spoke with The Christian Broadcasting Network this week and discussed a number of hot topics, including North Korea, a California LGBT bill and immigration issues.

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‘It’s Disgraceful’: Franklin Graham Rebukes Immigration Policy on CBN Drawing National Attention

June 14, 2018

Humanitarian Franklin Graham’s rebuke of an immigration policy that separates families at the border surprised many who watch the immigration debate, and it may indicate a growing unease among evangelicals over the policy.

Graham, the head of Samaritan’s Purse and a strong Trump supporter, made the comment during an interview with CBN News on Tuesday. “It’s disgraceful. It’s terrible to see families ripped apart and I don’t support that one bit,” he said.

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Pelosi: Trump administration policy separating parents and children at border ‘barbaric’

June 14, 2018

Amid reports of migrant children being separated from their parents at the southern U.S. border, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called the administration’s actions “barbaric,” as Speaker Paul Ryan said the situation called for a legislative fix.

“To the barbaric and unacceptable policy of ripping children from the arms of their parents at the border…barbaric. That’s not American. It’s not faith-based,” said Pelosi, D-Calif., at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

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