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Evangelical Leaders Call for Compassionate Response to Caravan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Evangelical leaders released a statement today encouraging churches to pray for Central American migrants making their way through southern Mexico toward the U.S.-Mexico border, and to join calls for comprehensive, compassionate immigration solutions.

“Beyond the role of the government, we encourage churches—both in the U.S. and in Latin America—to respond with Christ-like love to the vulnerable families and individuals who form this caravan,” they write. “… We also invite you to continue to join us in calling for a comprehensive solution to our deeply broken immigration system, which limits our government’s ability to effectively manage a large influx of asylum seekers and to protect those whose lives are in danger.”

The following are quotes today from Evangelical Immigration Table leaders:

Scott Arbeiter, President, World Relief:
“At World Relief, we have worked with local churches to assist those who have fled their countries because of persecution or poverty for decades; we stand ready to do so now as individuals make their way through Mexico, many reportedly seeking asylum in the United States. Our government’s role is to enforce and abide by the law, which includes an obligation to ensure border security but also to carefully consider and adjudicate each request for asylum from those professing a credible fear of harm. We can be both a secure nation and a compassionate nation.”

Galen Carey, Vice President, Government Relations, National Association of Evangelicals:
“Politicians and journalists sometimes sensationalize news reports while obscuring the real story. A few thousand desperate people fleeing violence and seeking a better life does not mean that our country is about to be invaded. Our borders are relatively secure, and our laws, while urgently in need of modernization, at least provide an opportunity for those fleeing persecution to present their case and be considered. We should be proud that our country has historically been the world’s leader in welcoming refugees. We urge our leaders not to overreact, and to allow those seeking asylum to have their day in court.”

Shirley Hoogstra, President, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities:
“The caravan represents extraordinary complexity, yet these times require Christians to be clear about what God requires of us: To love him and our neighbor dearly and to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God, who is not daunted by complexity. It won’t be easy. It will be costly. It will be right.”

Hyepin Im, President and CEO, Faith and Community Empowerment:
“The United States has a proud history of serving as a safe haven for those fleeing persecution and violence. We also have had moments in our history that we’re not proud of, when we turned away those fleeing persecution. Our asylum laws were written to ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past, allowing anyone with a well-founded fear of persecution who reaches the U.S. the right to request protection. As a nation, we must not disregard our laws by turning our back on those who qualify for protection.”

Jo Anne Lyon, Global Ambassador, The Wesleyan Church:
“Jesus said that the greatest commandment — the summary of all biblical instruction — was to love God and to love our neighbors. When pressed by a legal scholar on precisely what he meant by the command to love our neighbors, Jesus responded by telling the story of a ‘Good Samaritan’ who had compassion on a traveler of a different ethnicity who was in desperate need. And he told his followers to ‘go and do likewise.’”

Russell Moore, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention:
“People fleeing for their lives are not to be used as political props. Those escaping violence and persecution in Honduras and elsewhere bear the image of God and should be treated with dignity and compassion. As Christians, we should share the heart of Jesus for refugees and others imperiled. Applying for asylum is legal in the United States of America, and the law should be carried out for everyone who seeks to apply. Not everyone will receive asylum, but everyone should have the opportunity to follow the law.”

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Alone in America: An Undocumented Child’s Journey from Solitude to Solidarity

Re-posted with permission, originally posted here: https://www.stand-together.org/alone-america-undocumented-childs-journey-solitude-solidarity/

Torn Apart and Left Alone

One chilly December day after school in 2004, Juan Terrazas walked through the front door of his home in Dallas, Texas, and found his sister Alma and cousins huddled together on the couch.

“Your dad’s in jail,” they told him. Their voices were grave.

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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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