A federal judge has blocked a presidential executive order that allowed state and local governments to veto refugee resettlement in their jurisdictions.Read more
People of faith in Bismarck, N.D., convinced their local county commissioners this week that welcoming refugees to their community is right thing to do. Area religious leaders have long been building relationships with their resettled neighbors and with each other.Read more
First Congregational Church, UCC, has a reputation around Old Lyme, Conn., for helping immigrants. It even got national attention in 2018, when The New Yorker magazine profiled a Pakistani family living in protective sanctuary at the church. Now helping a young asylum seeker from Honduras, it's an example of the increasing demand on local churches as the U.S. detains immigrants in more and more regions.Read more
Members of the United Church of Christ’s ecumenical partner, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), spoke out on immigration, refugees and poverty at their July assembly.Read more
The Southwest Conference is calling for a week of Faithful Witness at the Border, August 26 – 30, 2018 that will include:
"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
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Seven refugees from Uganda, escaping persecution for identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, have found themselves in Long Beach, Calif., with little more than the clothes on their backs. Waiting for them with open arms were members of First Congregational Church of Long Beach United Church of Christ.Read more