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America Loves Refugees, Celebrates World Refugee Day Nationwide

June 25, 2018

In honor of refugees worldwide on Wednesday, June 20, World Relief celebrated World Refugee Day with national and local activities to highlight refugees’ stories and equip Americans to welcome and resettle those newly arrived in their communities. Since 1979, World Relief has helped 300,000 refugees make America their home, and the results were celebrated across the country this week.

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Latest Immigration Controversy Points to Possible Political Shift Among Evangelicals

June 22, 2018

White evangelical Protestants may be among President Trump’s strongest supporters, but some evangelical leaders have spent the past decade quietly steering the movement away from hardline views on immigration, culminating in their public opposition to Trump’s policy of family separation at the border earlier this month.

One leader credits evangelical opposition with playing a role in Trump’s decision this week to reverse the policy.

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Pelosi Backs Catholic Bishops in Declaring That ‘Separating Babies From Their Mothers is Immoral’

June 22, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) on Thursday backed a statement that had been put out earlier by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which declared that “separating babies from their mothers is immoral.”

Both Pelosi and DiNardo were making the point while, as DiNardo put it in his statement, “condemning the continued use of family separation at the U.S./Mexico border as an implementation of the Administration’s zero tolerance policy.”

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Southern Baptist Convention Reaffirms Support for Immigrants

June 22, 2018

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) overwhelmingly passed a resolution affirming its support for immigrants and call for immigration reform during its annual meeting Tuesday.

The resolution highlights the importance of maintaining family unity, the need for a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants with appropriate restitutionary measures, and the importance of secure borders.

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Can Evangelicals Take Credit for Trump’s Reversal on Family Separation?

June 21, 2018

The political fight over what will happen with thousands of immigrant children and their families on the US-Mexico border also became a test of the political clout of evangelicals close to the president. With the president’s decision Wednesday to revise what’s become known as the family separation policy, it appears that his faith advisors and the evangelical community at large may have played a crucial role in convincing President Trump to reverse course.

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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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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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