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  • White House rescinds Dreamers program, gives Congress time

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, September 05, 2017 (16 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration announced today (Sept. 5) the repeal of a program that has protected people brought illegally to the United States as children by their parents, but it also provided a window of time for Congress to act in response.

    In a morning briefing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the revocation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a 2012 order by President Obama that gave relief from deportation to undocumented immigrants who arrived in this country before their 16th birthday. Obama issued the executive order after ... Read More

  • Moore joins call for 'solution' for childhood immigrants

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 01, 2017 (20 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore is among a coalition of evangelicals urging government leaders not to deport individuals brought to the United States illegally when they were children.

    "It is long past time for Congress to work together to find a workable solution for our broken immigration system -- especially for the hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to our country by their parents," Moore said according to an Aug. 30 press release from Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), a coalition of eight evangelical organizations, including the ERLC, that attempts to address ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Your newly arrived refugee neighbors

    by Terry Sharp, posted Monday, August 07, 2017 (one month ago)

    Terry Sharp of the International Mission Board sets forth practical ways Christ-followers and their churches can help refugees who arrive in the U.S. with little more than they can carry. Read More

  • New refugees welcomed by churches poised to help

    by Tobin Perry, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (one month ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Ibrahim was clearly puzzled by the hospitality of the American Christians who had shown him such love and care during his short time in the United States.

    "Why do you treat us better than our own people?" Ibrahim asked during a Thanksgiving meal last year hosted by Refuge Louisville, a ministry that equips local churches to minister to refugees. Read More

  • Deporting Iraqi Christians called 'death sentence'

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, June 20, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist religious freedom advocate Russell Moore has joined other evangelical leaders in urging the Trump administration to stop its deportation of Christians to Iraq.

    Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), and six others asked John Kelly, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, in a letter Monday (June 19) to end the deportations until Iraq's government can protect religious minorities. Recent reports have indicated the federal government has started the process of deporting Chaldean Christians back to their homeland, where the United States government has designated the murderous campaign of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) as genocide. Read More

  • Trump's immigration orders draw diverse reactions

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, March 07, 2017 (6 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 (6 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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