United Church of Christ

Trump administration sets lowest refugee admission goal

Brande-7.jpg

From our refugee resettlement partner Church World Service:"The Trump administration has just set the refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at 30,000 - the lowest level in U.S. history. This drastically low number will leave tens of thousands of vulnerable refugees without a chance at safety.

Communities around the country are prepared to welcome at least 75,000 refugees. Refugees are more than just a global figure; they are families torn apart, children who have witnessed profound violence, and people seeking a chance to rebuild their lives and raise a family in safety. Protecting vulnerable populations is not a zero-sum game; we can and should protect refugees and others fleeing violence or persecution. As people who care about refugees, we must make our voices heard and tell both the White House and Congress that 30,000 is inexcusable and that we must set a refugee admissions goal of at least 75,000. The White House is required under U.S. law to consult with Congress prior to setting the annual refugee admissions number. This has not happened yet, which means Congress can and must weigh in today.

CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVE TODAY: 
Click here to be connected to your 2 Senators and 1 Representative

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to protect the refugee resettlement program. I am outraged that President Trump has set a new historic low for FY 2019’s refugee admissions goal at 30,000. Protecting vulnerable populations is not a zero-sum game; we can and should protect refugees and others fleeing violence or persecution. Refugee resettlement facilitates U.S. diplomatic, national security, and foreign policy interests. The White House is also required to consult with Congress prior to setting the refugee admissions number, but they have not done so. Congress must act. I urge you to do everything in your power to see the administration resettle at least 75,000 refugees in 2019 and to stop the administration from further dismantling the resettlement program. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement."

Feel free to share a personal story about standing in solidarity with refugees. Let them know the specific ways that refugees contribute and are welcomed into your community.

You can also tweet at your Senators and Representatives and the administration. Here are some sample Twitter and Facebook messages:

BREAKING: @SecPompeo just announced the LOWEST refugee admissions goal in history - 30k - putting the lives of vulnerable families in danger. We will not stand for this. @[MemberOfCongress]

BREAKING: @SecPompeo‘s announcement of the lowest refugee admissions goal in history - 30k - is an affront to the countless American communities who have welcomed refugees and understand that they are valuable members of their cities and towns. @[MemberOfCongress]

CWS's statement is available here. For more information, please visit: https://greateras1.org/act/

 


Ahli Arab Hospital provides right to health

Al_Ahli_Arab_Hospital_Gaza_(101)_copy.jpgGlobal Ministries’ partner, the Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, provides high quality patient centered health care services based on the principle “Right to Health.”  This means that the hospital offers to serve all who seek treatment without prejudice to any religious or ethnic community and irrespective of social class, gender and political affiliation.  These services are delivered in a spirit of love and service, compassion and dignity for all.  Annual support for the Ahli Arab Hospital is part of the UCC’s global sustainable development ministries (through One Great Hour of Sharing).

This support is important today as the embargo of emergency fuel makes the United Nations fear a catastrophic breakdown in essential services such as hospitals and sewage disposal. This on-going relationship was important in May 2018 when violence against protestors required that the Ahli Arab Hospital upgrade its emergency and trauma services to ensure that injured patients with different injuries and fractures receive safe medical intervention within an acceptable time. Through additional emergency support the hospital obtained additional medicine, medical supplies, fuel for generators and support for doctors and nurses working non-stop with the injured and traumatized.


Become an immigrant welcoming congregation

Become_a_immigrant_welcome.jpgBecome an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation. Practice hospitality –embrace accompaniment – engage in advocacy. Asylum seeking families and others who have been forcibly displaced from their homes of origin are seeking safety in our midst. Participants in the Southwest Conference’s Week of Faithful Witness AT the Border between Arizona and Mexico are catalysts for our faithful witness of welcome throughout the U.S.


Economic and political violence brings surge of refugees to Morocco

Economic and political violence has created thousands of refugees who have now found their way to Morocco. Recently, over 600 migrants and refugees found shelter in the train station in the town of Fez. But in early July, the campsite was closed and evacuated due to a fire. On the same day of the fire, the large migrant and refugee camp in Casablanca was also evacuated.


Action Alert for Refugee Community Advocacy Month

This is a critical time.

As people of faith we know without a doubt that the face of God is in every refugee, asylum-seeker and sojourner in our midst, and we must make sure that our Members of Congress do everything they can to hold the Administration accountable for meeting the 45,000 refugee admissions goal and urge them to commit to resettling at least 75,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2019. The U.S. can resettle 75,000, and our communities want to welcome refugees.


Week of Faithfulness at the Border

The Southwest Conference is calling for a week of Faithful Witness at the Border, August 26 – 30, 2018 that will include:

 


Statements from UCC, Global Ministries partners and Worldwide organization about families seeking asylum in the United States 

Statements from UCC, Global Ministries partners and Worldwide organization about families seeking asylum in the United States 


Keep Families Together Update


Refugee Justice Sunday

UCC Refugee Justice Sunday #UCCRefugeeJustice


Annual refugee admissions are down

"The flow of refugees to the United States has slowed nearly to a halt, demonstrating that what President Trump’s administration could not achieve by executive order, it is accomplishing by bureaucracy."

The steepest decline has been in the number of Muslims who have been resettled. In fiscal 2016, 38,900 Muslim refugees came to the United States, according to statistics from the State Department. The following year, that number fell to 22,861. This fiscal year, just 2,107 have arrived.

This story was written by Liz Robbins and Miriam Jordan

For the full story please visit the NY Times.