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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.

Read more from CBN News>>

World Refugee Day Events Washington, DC – June 19, 2018

On June 19, the Evangelical Immigration Table will welcome pastors, ministry leaders, and former refugees to Washington, DC to advocate for a more robust US response to the global refugee crisis.

Each year, June 20 is recognized as World Refugee Day, an opportunity to call attention to the plight of individuals who have been forced to flee their countries because of persecution. In 2018, at a moment when there are more refugees globally than at any point in recorded history, the United States government has dramatically retreated from welcoming refugees: the US State Department is currently on track to resettle less than 21,000 refugees this year, down from more than 96,000 as recently as 2016 and more than 200,000 in 1980. Refugees of all faith backgrounds—including persecuted Christians, whose arrival numbers have declined more than 60% since 2016—have far fewer opportunities to find safety in the US than in recent years.

American churches, which have long played a central role in the welcome and long-term integration of newly arrived refugees, now have far fewer opportunities to live out the biblical commands to love, serve, and reach newly arrived refugees. At the same time, families arriving at a U.S. border to seek asylum under the terms of U.S. law are facing new challenges, including the threat of children being detained separately from their parents.

World Refugee Day presents an important opportunity to raise our voices on behalf of and in concert with refugees and others fleeing persecution.  Will you join us?

Where: On and/or near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

When: Tuesday, June 19

Tentative Schedule:

  • 9 AM – Advocacy Training for all participants
  • 10 AM to 5 PM – Pre-scheduled meetings on Capitol Hill with elected officials and/or their staff

Ideal Participants:

Evangelical Christians who are passionate about advocating for and with refugees, including urging elected officials to leverage their influence to ensure that refugees continue to be welcomed to the United States.

Costs: We unfortunately are not able to cover travel costs, so you will be responsible for your own air or ground transportation to Washington, D.C. as well as accommodations and food other than breakfast, which will be provided on the 19th

To register, please email info@evangelicalimmigrationtable.com with your name, email, phone number, organization, professional title and congressional district. You can look up your congressional district by entering your zip code here. Due to space constraints, we may need to limit the number of participants.

Cash is king in campaigns to keep immigrants under temporary protected status in U.S

January 4, 2018

Salvadorans living in the U.S. are, by most accounts, devoted workers with high workforce participation rates and better-than-average education levels compared with their countrymen still living in El Salvador.
That makes it all the more surprising that the Salvadoran government is working desperately to try to make sure hundreds of thousands of them never come back home, where they could be of huge help to rebuilding a troubled society.

Read more from the Washington Times>>

Evangelical Letters of Support for Dreamers Draw 3,450 Signatories

Signers Hail from All 50 States and Washington, D.C.

September 14, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Thousands throughout the country agree: We need workable solutions for Dreamers in our churches and communities.

More than 3,450 pastors and evangelical leaders representing every state now have signed on to letters urging the Trump administration and members of Congress to protect Dreamers.

Leaders of the Evangelical Immigration Table initially signed the letters to the president, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) to push for a legislative solution to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

“We hope that you will work to find solutions that allow these young people to stay in our country long-term and continue to be a blessing to our communities,” they wrote. “Now is the time for bold leadership and action.”

The following are new quotes from notable signatories. Additional quotes are available here and here.

Felix Cabrera, Lead Pastor, Iglesia Bautista Central, Oklahoma City:
“Miles de nuestras iglesias en la Convención Bautista del Sur están llenas de maravillosos jóvenes que el único país que conocen es Estados Unidos de América. Sus padres los trajeron aquí cuando eran niños. Ellos no escogieron ni decidieron venir aquí, nadie les preguntó. Sin embargo, en este país se asimilaron, aprendieron el idioma, fueron a la escuela, están en la universidad y muchos se graduaron de ella y son profesionales. La inmensa mayoría están trabajando y aportando a nuestra economía y un grupo considerable pone en riesgo su vida todos los días en el ejército de los Estados Unidos, gracias al DACA.

“Ruego al Señor que los congresistas hagan lo correcto y de una vez y por todas presenten legislación para que a estos jóvenes americanos su sueño se les haga realidad.”

Joseph Castleberry, Ed.D., President, Northwest University, Kirkland, Washington:
“In its greatest moments, America has never prized a narrow, legalistic reading of laws over achieving justice. In the case of Dreamers, a bipartisan majority clearly believes justice calls for the triumph of mercy over judgment. By passing a law that provides permanent protection for Dreamers, we will take a step toward making a bitterly divided America great again.”

Micah Fries, Pastor, Brainerd Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee:
“I am glad to stand in support of Dreamers. As believers in Christ, Scripture calls us to advocate on behalf of the vulnerable and marginalized. Few are more marginalized than children who did not decide to live here, but now call this their home, and yet are powerless with respect to their citizenship and fearful of being deported to a place they have likely never known as home. We certainly need a better immigration policy in the U.S., but it must begin with a commitment to protect the children who are most vulnerable and who are already among us. The work of protecting the Dreamers necessarily falls to Congress. It is vitally important that Congress works to provide a permanent solution and that they do so in a timely manner.”

D.A. Horton, Pastor, Reach Fellowship, Long Beach, California:
“Congress passing bipartisan legislation for Dreamers to have a direct pathway for citizenship will provide them with holistic comfort in knowing the only nation they’ve ever known and embraced now knows and embraces them as family and will let the on-looking world know that in America, Dreamers are home.”

Dr. Joel C. Hunter, Pastor, Northland Church, and Chairman, Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, Casselberry, Florida:
“The president’s decision on DACA has put the issue exactly where it needs to be: with Congress. We do not need executive orders to deal temporarily with these Dreamers who are a part of our national productivity and potential; we need a permanent legal solution. Congress, please act now to keep these young people in the only country they have known.”

Kim Whetstone, Discipleship Pastor, Parkview Community Church, Glen Ellyn, Illinois:
“Congress must take action immediately to develop compassionate and comprehensive immigration legislation that reflects the nation’s firm belief in the equality of each human being and each individual’s inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and protects Dreamers now. If Congress does not act immediately, we risk losing not only a generation of Dreamers, we risk losing the American dream itself.”

Trump to Announce DACA Decision, Priorities on Immigration on Tuesday

4 September 2017

By Anugrah Kumar

President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday his decision to end or continue the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which temporarily protects immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally when they were children, according to the White House.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president’s decision is likely on Tuesday, The Hill reported.

Read more from The Christian Post >>

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.

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