"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.
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"The UCC stays involved for the long-term." Mary Schaller Blaufuss, Team Leader for Humanitarian & Development Ministries of UCC, remembers back to 2005 and the UCC “Tents of Hope” Darfur in 2018 continues as a crisis that now has been largely forgotten by the world. In this long-term crisis, priority is on enhancing the resilience of people and communities.
Since 2004 Act Alliance and the Darfur Program has reaffirmed its commitment to support the people and communities of Darfur and South Sudanese. Act Alliance estimated that approximately 1.1 million of the IDPs are still found in South and Central Darfur where the Darfur Program is intervening due to years of war. “During 2017, the level of armed confrontations in Darfur has continued to decrease but the situation remains highly volatile; increased criminality, the spread of firearms, inter-tribal fighting, the absence of law enforcement and unleashed militia are still major challenges.”
Church World Service Rejects President Trump’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2019. Two weeks ago President Donald Trump announced his budget for the 2019 Fiscal year, in his budget he is requesting $1.5 billion to deport and detain refugees and $2.9 billion to build a wall to keep refugees from entering our country.
The Act Alliance of Uganda along with the help of LWF and Finn Church Aid is planning on submitting a funding proposal to provide water facilities, shelter kits and non food-items to ensure that the refugee’s needs are met within humanitarian standards.
Advocacy groups and politicians are calling for Congress to commit to Refugee Resettlement.
On January 27, 2017 President Donald Trump signed his first executive order barring immigrants from majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. Two separate revisions have been signed during this year; The Supreme Court is currently reviewing the third iteration of the President’s Muslim travel ban, the latest executive order has been allowed to go into effect until a ruling is issued.
People like you are saving children and families, who have been forced to flee their homes and way of life due to war and persecution. The normalcy that they once new is now gone. The hope and dreams that parents once had for their children has dissipated. The comfort of sleeping in one’s own beds, playing in their neighborhoods, going to church or a mosque, walking to school have all been forgotten.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans in the United States. This decision follows the recent TPS terminations for Sudan, Nicaragua, and Haiti, and is yet another attack on immigrant communities. TPS is a program designed to protect people from being returned to harm - precisely the conditions El Salvador faces today, including gang conscription, sexual violence, and human trafficking. As a nation, we promised to protect nearly 200,000 Salvadoran neighbors by allowing them to remain in the United States.
Join us in urging the administration to restore El Salvador's TPS designation, and calling on Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution for all TPS holders. Click here for our Interfaith Toolkit: 5 Ways to Take Action in the New Year.
United Church of Christ, First Congregational in Crete, Nebraska reached out to offer assistance in the form of two clinics on information regarding Temporary Protected Status. On Jan. 8, 2018 Secretary of Homeland Security Kirsten M. Nielsen announced that the Department of Homeland Security would be terminating the Temporary Protected Status classifications for 200,000 El Salvador holders.
CWS urges White House to end its anti-immigrant agenda