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What do evangelicals want from Trump on foreign policy?

June 13, 2018

President Trump met with an avowed enemy with great fanfare this week, following a blast of fiery tweets aimed at the Group of Seven nations meeting in Quebec last week.

Meanwhile, halfway through his second year as president, Trump’s domestic agenda has largely run its course.

Of all the voters that put Trump into the White House, the happiest bunch to this point might be evangelical Christians.

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Mick Scott: How about ‘zero tolerance’ for cruelty?

June 9, 2018

When I began reading “The Earth Gazers,” by Christopher Potter, recently, I expected a feel-good story about the developments that led to the Apollo astronauts seeing, for the first time in history, the Earth in its entirety. I didn’t expect it to prompt thoughts about U.S. immigration policy. But it did.

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions presented the Trump administration’s harsh new “zero tolerance” policy for border security earlier this year — the key feature of which was separating children from their parents — its stated justification was that it would be a deterrent to illegal crossings. Since then, we’ve learned that hundreds of children have been ripped apart from their parents, even though many of the families involved weren’t illegal border-crossers at all — they were families seeking asylum.

Read more from Winston-Salem Journal>>

Hispanic evangelicals are using their voices to fight for immigration reform

June 7, 2018

As the immigration debate heats up once again in Congress, among the clamor about border protection and migrant rights, the sanctity of the family should remain paramount in our dialogue. The tensions that have risen over the past month should not scuttle recent and real movement towards a solution.

This country is facing two phenomena: A growing interest and even frustration in border states across the country regarding border protections, which is compounded by the fact that the Hispanic population has grown to become the second-largest ethnic group in the U.S. and an increasingly important voter base.

Read more from The Hill>>

Organizations near and far take action against family separation

June 1, 2018 

Araceli Herrera clasped her hands together Friday evening as she and others in the San Antonio chapter of Domesticas Unidas, or United Domestic Workers, prayed for the hundreds of recently separated immigrant families.

“This is so that kids stop suffering and start appearing. We hope that the prayers will create a powerful movement for these children,” Herrera said in Spanish. “I hope people take action, and urge the government to help these children.”

Read more from San Antonio Express-News>>

Samuel Rodriguez, Russell Moore Ask Trump to Find a Way to Keep Immigrant Families Together

June 1, 2018 

Today evangelical leaders sent a letter to President Trump expressing concern over the new “zero tolerance” policy at the U.S.-Mexico border that is dividing children from their parents.

The new policy, announced recently by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, already has separated hundreds of families, including those who are seeking asylum in the United States. In their letter, evangelical leaders urge the president to work with the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to reconsider this “zero tolerance” policy and to provide due process to people seeking asylum.

Read more from Charisma News>>

Evangelicals are Big Refugee Supporters–or Not?

May 25, 2018 

Matthew Soerens has spent more than 10 years working with refugees and explaining their plight to evangelicals. In 2009, he co-wrote “Welcoming the Stranger; Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate,” and is currently updating it. As the US director for church mobilization for World Relief, he interacts daily with church leaders who want to minister to immigrants and refugees.

Read more from CBN News>>

Trump Kills DACA on Easter Morning

April 2, 2018

President Donald Trump said on Easter that there will be no deal for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which seeks to offer a solution to hundreds of thousands of immigrants facing deportation. He noted that countries like Mexico are “laughing” at the United States.

Critics, including Ohio Governor John Kasich, blasted Trump in response for taking away hopes from “innocent children,” and for failing to understand how DACA works.

Read more from Christian Post>>

From Samuel Rodriguez to Russell Moore, Christian Leaders Beg the Nation to Engage in Prayer

March 8, 2018

Major Christian leaders from Samuel Rodriguez to Russell Moore have called on the nation to pray as the White House mulls a solution to immigrant children who were illegally brought into the United States. The children, known as Dreamers, are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created by former President Barack Obama in 2012. Last September, President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of DACA, citing March 5 as the deadline.

Read More from Charisma Caucus>>

Christian Leaders Launch Prayer Campaign for Dreamers; Call on Congress to Act as DACA Expires

March 7, 2018

The Evangelical Immigration Table is calling on Christians to pray for those affected by the expiration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

On Monday, the DACA program expired, six months after the Trump administration had announced that they were ending the program in the expectation that Congress enact legislation to help the children of illegal immigrants, known as Dreamers.

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