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  • Migration a 'divine opportunity,' conf. speakers say

    by Seth Brown & Lauren Pratt, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (19 days ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- This year's Reaching the Nations conference brought together more than 500 people in person and via live stream to learn and grow in how to reach refugees and immigrants in North America.

    The Oct. 27-28 event at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., occurred both as a catalyst and result of "a movement starting in local churches across North America -- a genuine awakening to the amazing opportunity we have to reach the nations next door," according to the conference planning committee. Read More

  • Illegal immigrant teen has court-approved abortion

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (25 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A legal battle over whether the Trump administration is required to facilitate an illegal-immigrant teen's abortion ended Wednesday (Oct. 25) when the American Civil Liberties Union announced she had terminated her pregnancy.

    ACLU senior staff attorney Brigitte Amiri, who represents the 17-year-old, said "justice prevailed," according to an ACLU news release.

    The abortion occurred less than 24 hours after the full U.S. Court of Appeals ... Read More

  • Abortion rights claimed by undocumented immigrant

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 23, 2017 (27 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration is locked in a legal battle over whether it is required to facilitate an abortion for a 17-year-old illegal immigrant being held in a federally funded Texas shelter.

    The administration claims it is not required to expend any resources to secure an abortion for the immigrant -- known in legal documents only as Jane Doe or J.D. -- including providing transportation to an abortion clinic. Read More

  • Ga. church's DACA ministry offering help, hope

    by Joe Westbury/Christian Index, posted Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (one month ago)

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    MOULTRIE, Ga. (BP) -- The clock is ticking.

    At the stroke of midnight on Thursday, undocumented residents who were brought to the United States as children will no longer be able to apply for deportation deferral. For the last five-and-a-half years, Georgia Baptists in Colquitt County have been working to help as many as possible -- in a state that reportedly has some 24,000 who are undocumented -- complete the paperwork which would temporarily delay them possibly being removed from their families and returned to their countries of birth. Read More

  • White House rescinds Dreamers program, gives Congress time

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, September 05, 2017 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (5 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