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US Refugee Resettlement Program Reaches A New Low

October 14, 2018

Many Refugees experience unbelievable hardships as they are forced to flee their homes, often leaving family members behind. Most refugees are women and children. Many die trying to escape war and persecution. Sometimes, they have family members who were killed by the governments in their countries. Many have undergone arrests, imprisonment and even torture due to their political or religious beliefs or their ethnicity.

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Evangelical Leaders Sign ‘Chicago Invitation’ to Counter Pro-Trump Narrative of Evangelicalism

October 5, 2018
Over three dozen progressive evangelical leaders signed onto a statement countering the “false narrative” that has led many to paint evangelical Christians as only white conservative Trump supporters.

Organized by the evangelical social justice organization Sojourners and Evangelicals for Social Action, at least 39 left-leaning Christian leaders have signed on in support of a new declaration called “The Chicago Invitation: Diverse Evangelicals Continue the Journey.”

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Pence pressure prompts USAID to appoint liason for Iraqi Christians

October 1, 2018

Displaced Iraqi Christians now have their own special liaison to the premier US aid agency, thanks to pressure from Vice President Mike Pence.

USAID Administrator Mark Green has appointed Max Primorac as special representative for minority assistance programs to oversee the distribution of US aid for Iraqi Christians and Yazidis as they seek to rebuild their lives.

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There’s no reason for a low cap on refugees

September 26, 2018

On Sept. 17, the Trump administration set the 2019 refugee admissions ceiling at 30,000, the lowest number ever.

Refugees live through some of the most traumatic experiences one can imagine: being beaten for physical features, being threatened with imprisonment because of their faith, losing contact with family for a decade because war broke out in their city. These stories happen to Christian people, Muslim people and people of many other faiths.

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Evangelical Leaders: Refugee Cuts Conflict with Admin’s Goal of Religious Freedom

September 26, 2018

A group of evangelical leaders wants the Trump administration to reverse course and increase rather than decrease the number of refugees admitted to the United States.

And with the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1, time is running out.

Hundreds of leaders with the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) argue that the US should keep with its tradition of welcoming refugees, especially as the world struggles to help a record-high number of them.

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Evangelical Group Advocates for Immigrants

September 20, 2018

On September 12-13 the evangelical non-profit World Relief sponsored a conference that trained attendees in pro-immigrant advocacy. This event, named the “Justice Conference,” gathered a range of speakers to Washington, D.C., including aid workers, lobbyists, activists, and poets. The speakers emphasized Christians’ duty to aid the most vulnerable members of society, including immigrants.

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A door swinging shut?

September 20, 2018

The Trump administration announced Monday it may reduce the annual number of refugees allowed into the United States from the already historic low of 45,000 to 30,000 in the next fiscal year. Some evangelical leaders are pushing back, saying the reduction will harm persecuted Christians and other religious minorities and is a step backward for the United States’ humanitarian efforts.

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the new refugee ceiling of 30,000, he said security concerns and a “massive backlog of outstanding asylum cases and greater public expense” as a reason for the cut.

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One Day We Will Be ‘Ashamed’ of Trump’s Refugee Policy, Russell Moore Says

September 20, 2018

Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and other evangelical leaders have spoken out against the Trump administration’s recently announced reduction to the U.S. refugee cap.

Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, joined about five other leaders affiliated with the Evangelical Immigration Table in issuing statements responding the 30,000-refugee limit to the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program in fiscal year 2019 that was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week.

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Evangelicals Argue Against US Reducing Refugees to 30,000

September 20, 2018

A maximum of 30,000 refugees will be allowed to resettle in the United States next fiscal year. The new ceiling imposed by the Trump administration marks a dramatic decrease from this fiscal year’s 45,000-person cap, which had also been a significant reduction.

For three decades before that, the US resettlement ceiling hadn’t dropped below 70,000.

The policy shift was announced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday; evangelical and Catholic advocates for refugees were quick to push back.

Read more from Christianity Today International>>

 

Here’s What Trump’s New Limits On Refugees Mean

September 20, 2018

The Trump administration recently announced a new level of refugee admissions many find controversial. The Pilgrims came to America fleeing religious intolerance and since the country’s founding refugees from around the world have seen the United States as a place to find freedom. But not everyone has welcomed refugees to our shores.

To understand the administration’s recent announcement on refugees and its implications, I interviewed Matthew Soerens, U.S. director of church mobilization at World Relief and the national coordinator of the Evangelical Immigration Table. Matthew is the co-author of the recent books Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate and Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis.

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