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Number Of Christian Refugees Admitted To The U.S. Falls Over 40% Under Trump

September 13, 2018 

In his relentless push to cut the number of refugees admitted to the U.S., President Donald Trump has ended up hurting members of a group he once pledged to protect ― Christians fleeing persecution in countries where they are unable to freely practice their faith.

Early in his presidency, Trump promised his evangelical base that Christian refugees would be prioritized. Vice President Mike Pence, speaking at a summit organized by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association last year, told the world’s persecuted Christians, “We stand with you.” And over the summer, the State Department made overtures illustrating its commitment to protecting persecuted minorities, organizing an international conference about the importance of religious freedom.

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Trump Hurting Religious Freedom Worldwide With Refugee Cuts, Evangelical Leaders Say

September 13, 2018

Evangelical leaders are continuing to speak out against the Trump administration’s cuts to United States refugee resettlement, arguing that the historically low levels of refugees being resettled harms international religious freedom.

As President Donald Trump and his administration continue to deliberate on what to set the U.S. refugee resettlement cap at for fiscal year 2019, before it begins on Oct. 1, local evangelical pastors are joining national evangelical leaders in calling on the Trump administration to do its part to better serve a small minority of the nearly 70 million refugees around the world who don’t have a home.

Read more from The Christian Post>>

People of faith urge Trump to admit more refugees

September 12, 2018 

With a decision looming on how many refugees to admit into the country, and rumors swirling that the number could drop dramatically from this year’s historic low, people of faith are coming together to ask the Trump administration to instead allow tens of thousands more to enter the United States.

Representatives of some of the largest Protestant denominations in the country — including the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Episcopal Church — were planning to gather outside the White House on Wednesday (Sept. 12) to press President Trump to raise the number of refugees admitted in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 to 75,000 people.

Read more from The Presbyterian Outlook>>

Over 750 Faith Groups, Leaders Say Trump Must Allow More Refugees in the US

August 26, 2018

An interfaith coalition of more than 750 religious groups and leaders have demanded that the Trump administration allow for more refugees to settle in the United States.

The Trump administration has garnered controversy for its reduction in the number of refugees being allowed to resettle in the United States.

In a letter addressed to President Donald Trump and officially dated Aug. 21, the religious groups declared that “people of faith will not stand by idly as the United States turns its back on these individuals.”

Read more from The Christian Post>>

Trump Admits Only 23 Christian Refugees From Mideast In 2018

August 13, 2018 

In a now embarrassing January 2017 interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Donald Trump was asked, “The refugee changes you’re looking to make, as it relates to persecuted Christians, do you see them as kind of a priority here?” Trump answered, “Yes. They’ve been horribly treated . . . We are going to help them.” However, a new letter from the Evangelical Immigration Table notes that in the first half of 2018, the Trump administration admitted only 23 Middle Eastern Christian refugees. 

Read more from Forbes>>

Adopted and Undocumented

August 12, 2018

Mauricio Oviedo Soto was 6 years old when a judge in a Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, circuit court officially recognized his adoption. With the stroke of a pen, he became Mauricio Cappelli, taking the surname of his new American father.

Nearly 32 years later, on March 12, 2018, Cappelli stepped off a commercial flight at Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José, Costa Rica, in the country of his birth. He was still processing the last 24 hours: Early that morning, officers entered his holding cell in a South Texas immigration detention center and told him he would be deported that day to his native country for the second time in his life.

Read more from The Intercept>>

Evangelical Leaders Urge White House To Raise Refugee Admissions For 2019

August 9, 2018

Seven evangelical Christian organizations have jointly criticized the Trump administration for allowing refugee resettlement to hit a historic low at a time when the global refugee crisis is intensifying. 

In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and religious freedom ambassador Sam Brownback, the leaders of the Evangelical Immigration Table told the administration its drastric cuts to refugee admissions could be undermining its pledge to protect religious freedom worldwide. 

Read more from Huffington Post>>

Making Sense of Missouri

August 9, 2018 

Making Sense of Missouri: “Democrats may have scored their most definitive win of Donald Trump’s presidency on Tuesday, as unions routed Republicans in a Missouri ballot measure battle that showed shocking strength from organized labor,” Politico’s Ian Kullgren reports.

“Unions crushed the state’s so-called right-to-work law, overwhelming conservative opponents by a 2-to-1 margin after running a deep-pocketed campaign,” Kullgren writes. “The outcome signals that unions still have paths to victory in red-leaning states — and provides a new playbook for fighting the policies of Republican-controlled state governments.”

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Evangelical Leaders Ask Trump to Raise Refugee Ceiling for 2019, Cite Religious Freedom

August 8, 2018 

Seven evangelical leaders have directly voiced concern about the Trump administration’s drastic slowing of refugee resettlement to the United States, citing the administration’s own call to protect religious freedom worldwide.

Leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and prominent Hispanic evangelical leader Samuel Rodriguez joined their colleagues from the Evangelical Immigration Table on Tuesday in sending a letter to three top federal agency officials expressing “deep concern about the impact on international religious freedom of recent changes in the U.S. refugee resettlement program.”

Read more from The Christian Post>>

A Kind of Homelessness: Evangelicals of Color in the Trump Era

August 7, 2018 

Before the 2016 election, Nikki Toyama-Szeto had thought of the term “evangelical” as neutral. “It was about theology,” she told me recently. She had a long history working with evangelical organizations like International Justice Mission and Intervarsity, and as the executive director of Evangelicals for Social Action, she was a well-known speaker and activist in evangelical circles. Her faith had been central to affirming her own racial and gender identities.

Read more from Religion & Politics>>

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