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  • Trump's immigration orders draw diverse reactions

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, March 07, 2017 (2 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump's immigration policy has drawn renewed focus among Baptists, with reactions to his March 6 executive order emerging and criticism of two previous executive orders voiced by a coalition of Hispanic pastors.

    Trump's March 6 executive order revoked a Jan. 27 order on immigration that proved controversial and was blocked by federal courts. The new order, which would take effect March 16, imposes a 90-day "pause" on entry to the U.S. by nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen -- eliminating Iraq from a list of seven restricted, Muslim-majority nations in the previous order. Read More

  • Trump speech highlights immigration, war on terror

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 01, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Discussions of immigration, terrorism and health care were among the highlights of President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress Feb. 28.

    The hour-long address included no mention of abortion, so-called homosexual and transgender rights or religious liberty. It did include calls to "invest in women's health," confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and ensure parents' access to "paid family leave." Read More

  • Open letter: refugee ban 'deeply' concerning

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (3 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A full-page ad in the Feb. 8 Washington Post expressing concern over a portion of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration included the signatures of at least seven Southern Baptists among a coalition of some 100 evangelicals.

    Two of the signatories -- former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin -- told Baptist Press their signatures reflect a specific policy disagreement and not a blanket repudiation of the president's approach to immigration.

    The ad was coordinated by the National Association of Evangelicals' World Relief arm and phrased in the form of an open letter to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Read More

  • Trump immigration order sparks biblical analysis

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 06, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- With President Trump's travel ban from seven predominately-Muslim countries on hold at least temporarily, some Christians are evaluating biblical teaching on immigration and refugees.

    On one side of the debate, the National Association of Evangelicals' World Relief arm is helping to draft a letter signed by hundreds of pastors asking Trump to rethink the travel ban. Other Christians have emphasized the need for stringent border security along with compassion toward immigrants and refugees. Read More

  • Immigration order serves as reminder to pray

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Persecution against Christians is ranked "extreme" and "severe" in the seven countries whose residents President Donald Trump's recent executive order on immigration has temporarily banned from entry into the U.S., based on 2017 rankings by the non-profit Open Doors USA.

    Six of the countries –- Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen -- are ranked in the top 10 nations where persecution of Christians is highest, with Libya ranked 11th, according to Open Doors' 2017 World Watch List.

    Upon the release of the list on Jan. 11, Open Doors encouraged Christians to remember these nations in prayer. Read More

  • Trump immigration order draws protests, support

    by David Roach, posted Monday, January 30, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Following President Trump's executive order temporarily limiting travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, Southern Baptists reasserted their commitment to seek a balance between compassion and national security in immigration policy.

    Among Southern Baptist leaders to respond to Trump's order and ensuing protests across America were Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore, Executive Committee President Frank S. Page and former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Refuge for refugees

    by Diana Davis, posted Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (7 months ago)

    As refugees continue to arrive in America -- and in your community -- there are plenty of ways to overcome uncertainty and "show God's love and share His plan of salvation," Diana Davis writes. "When we see immigrants as individuals who are dearly loved by God, it's easy to truly care," she writes. Read More

  • Syrian refugees: balancing compassion & security

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- With at least 31 U.S. governors opposing the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states following terrorist attacks in Paris, Christians have found themselves discussing the appropriate balance between security and compassion in immigration policy.

    Various media outlets reported at least one terrorism suspect in Paris entered Europe among a wave of migrants last month by falsely identifying himself as a Syrian refugee. Only 1,500 Syrian refugees have been accepted into the U.S. since 2011, CNN reported, but the Obama administration has agreed to allow 10,000 more in 2016. Read More

  • Immigration award presented to ERLC's Duke

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, May 11, 2015 (2 years ago)

    HOUSTON (BP) -- To receive an award for working on behalf of immigration reform proved a double blessing for Southern Baptist public policy specialist Barrett Duke.

    The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) presented the inaugural Robert Gittelson Immigration Advocacy Award to Duke April 29 during its national convention in Houston. Read More

  • Couple offers undocumented youth new life

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, March 11, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The first time Cesar Virto met his neighbors Don and Carol Ann Webb, they called the police on him. The second time, they introduced him to Jesus.

    "I would not be at LifeWay without them," says Cesar, who is now a bilingual customer service representative at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tenn. Read More