Current Calls to Action
Refugee Resettlement & Separated Families
For decades, the U.S. has been a leader in welcoming refugees from around the world and giving them the opportunity to rebuild their lives in safety. But this year, in the midst of the worst refugee crisis since WWII, the U.S. will welcome fewer refugees than we have since Congress passed the Refugee Act in 1980. We stand by the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program in our commitment to serving the persecuted, displaced, and vulnerable and believe that a better refugee policy would be to increase resettlement numbers to at least 75,000 people per year, a reasonable admissions limit that America has set for many years.
In recent months, we have also been alarmed by the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, many of whom are asylum-seekers fleeing the same kinds of conflicts that refugees have fled. Now, more than ever, policy makers at all levels need to hear from their constituents who want to welcome refugees and want asylum-seekers to be treated with dignity and compassion.
Your voice can make a difference in the lives of refugees around the world and asylum-seekers at our border. By telling your elected officials that you welcome refugees and want asylum-seekers to be treated with dignity, you have the ability to influence the decisions made by your local, state, and national leaders.
SOLUTION FOR DREAMERS & TPS HOLDERS
Approximately 1.8 million Dreamers, young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, live in the U.S. These young people grew up and have lived in the U.S. for most of their lives, graduated high school and are currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher education, enlisting in the military or working jobs.
On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that protected about 690,000 Dreamers from deportation and allowed them to work legally in the U.S.
Another population similar to the Dreamers also faces risk of deportation. About 300,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders currently live in America. The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated their countries for TPS protections due to conditions or circumstances such as ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war), an environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane), an epidemic, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions that prevents their return. Many of these TPS holders have lived in the U.S. for decades and have U.S. citizen children. DHS has terminated TPS for nearly 97 percent of all individuals with the status.
Congress must now find a permanent, legislative solution for Dreamers and TPS holders as soon as possible.
COMPASSIONATE IMMIGRATION REFORM
Our national immigration laws have created a moral, economic and political crisis in America. Initiatives to remedy this crisis have led to polarization and name calling in which opponents have misrepresented each other’s positions as open borders and amnesty versus deportations of millions. This false choice has led to an unacceptable political stalemate at the federal level at a tragic human cost. Join Evangelical Christians in urging our nation’s leaders to work together with the American people to pass immigration reform that embodies these key principles and that will make our nation proud.