Resources for Your Legislative Advocacy Needed to Support Refugees!
As you know, reports surfaced in mid-July that some administration officials have proposed resettling zero refugees in 2020 – all during the worst refugee crisis in world history. Zeroing out refugee resettlement would amount to a full refugee ban, with grave long-term implications, devastating thousands of refugees who are in dangerous situations and who we have promised to protect. Key players in the administration and Congress are meeting RIGHT NOW during September to determine how many refugees will be named as our resettlement goal for 2019. The US refugee program is at GRAVE RISK; and deeply needs your voice of support NOW!
At the same time, the administration has proposed barring refugees from seeking asylum if they travel through another country to reach the U.S. southern border. As people who care about refugees and asylum-seekers, we must demand that Members of Congress publicly denounce these proposals and weigh in with the administration directly, urging them to commit to resettling 95,000 refugees (the historic average) next year and protect asylum-seekers.
Congress is back in session after a long recess. Take advantage of this time by setting up a meeting with your local offices, and calling and tweeting to your legislators to URGE they protect refugees NOW! Establishing and strengthening relationships with your congressional offices is crucial to protecting access to asylum and refugee resettlement!
Here’s what is urgently needed from you and your congregation:
2. RESEARCH your legislators’ views on refugees, and check to see on what committees they serve. (Judiciary, Foreign Policy, and Appropriations are especially important for refugee concerns.) GA-1935-Concerning-Steep-Reductions – FINALALLEDITS
4. SCHEDULE YOUR MEETING, AND INVITE AND PREP WITH OTHER FAITH PARTNERS! Scheduling can require multiple contacts, and lots of patience. Remember, you are building relationships–so use each contact to ensure they are understanding how much your faith values lead you to support refugees. You’ll find needed phone numbers and sometimes required online request forms on your leaders’ websites.
5. TAKE “LEAVE BEHINDS” LIKE THESE:
*Share our Disciples Emergency Resolution in support of refugees from our Disciples General Assembly 2019: GA-1935-Concerning-Steep-Reductions – FINALALLEDITS
*Share stories like these in your visit, which were shared at General Assembly 2019: Refugee Resettlement Disciples Testimonies at GA2019. Then, write your own (and record on your phone)–and send to RIM at: email@example.com for sharing with other Disciples, and with your legislators in D.C.!
*Share this bi-partisan Final Refugee Resettlement Letter House2019 from US Representatives, and share this bipartisan Lankford Coons lead Letter on Concerns to Eliminate Refugee CapSENATE letter from U.S. Senators in support of refugees. If your leaders are not yet signed on, encourage them to also share the views in the letter with the administration, and with other legislative friends!
*Please see here important updates and share select information about alarming trends in reductions of US refugee resettlement in the US—and our need as faith partners to ask for 95,000 refugees to be approved for FY2020!
Map of All Refugee Resettlement Affiliate Offices, as of July, 2019:
See the latest refugee statistics from the UN Refugee Agency Statistical Yearbook
ENSURE THE U.S. CONTINUES TO OPEN OUR ARMS TO REFUGEES!:
(Oct. 16, 2018) This month, the administration named a refugee resettlement goal that is the historically lowest number ever (only 30,000)–despite the highest number of global refugees than ever before!
Our average annual resettlement goal in the U.S. has been about 95,000 refugees since 1980–and nearly 85,000 have been resettled each year.
Please share your love for refugees by going here to see what YOU can do and say to offer your support! Download the alert to share with others in your congregation and community: Disciples Refugee Alert after PD Oct2018Final
URGE YOUR LEADERS TO RESETTLE AT LEAST 95,000 REFUGEES IN FY2020!
(July 2019) Please join our Disciples General Minister & President, Rev. Terri Hord Owens, as we continue to #Pray4Refugees that the US will #Welcome95K refugees for resettlement next year. “Our country has always been a beacon of hope and opportunity, and we do not want to see that light go dim for so many,” Rev. Hord Owens reminds us. (Watch her video below, and see additional #Pray4Refugees videos from other Disciples Regional Ministers and leaders here.)
CALL!: Senate and House Judiciary Committee members play a key role in deciding, together with the President, the number of refugees to be resettled by the US each year. This decision is made annually before the end of September. See here a list of all relevant Judiciary Committee members’ and leaders’ phone numbers and Twitter contacts. Contact them to share your support for refugees!
WHAT TO SAY: See here a sample phone call Script and sample Tweets for contacting your Judiciary leaders to urge their support for at least 95,000 refugees to be resettled in FY2020
Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries sponsors and speaks at a White House Press Conference on September 12 to urge that 75,000 refugees be resettled in the U.S. over the next fiscal year, beginning October 1st. See coverage here.
Month of Ramadan resource provides ways that congregations can link with Muslim communities in their areas to engage in Interfaith Iftars. Click here for devotion, education and actions.
“The courts have spoken yet again in favor of justice and humanity. As CWS has maintained since January, President Trump’s ill-advised travel ban should never have been put into place at all. Americans across the country stand firmly against this un-American executive order, which further jeopardizes refugees’ safety, alienates us from our global allies, and compromises American leadership at time of heightened instability.
“We renew our call on all of our elected officials to do everything in their power to denounce Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban and stand against any proposal that would dismantle refugee resettlement. Advocates nationwide will not back down until this takes place—nothing less will do.
“As we approach World Refugee Day and celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month this June, CWS continues to stand in unyielding solidarity with our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters that make our country truly great.”
Since 1946, Church World Service has supported refugees, immigrants and other displaced individuals, in addition to providing sustainable relief and development solutions to communities that wrestle with hunger and poverty. Learn more about our work and join our global homebase for refugee solidarity at GreaterAs1.org. Read CWS’ past press statements pertaining to the refugee and Muslim ban here.
The Disciples RIM Staff celebrates the 4th Circuit Appeals Court ruling in Richmond, Va. on May 25 that upheld a lower court ruling which had barred the administration from suspending visas to individuals from 6 primarily Muslim countries; including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The 4th circuit has said that it was “unconvinced” that the order “has more to do with national security than it does with effectuating the president’s proposed Muslim ban.”
The White House claimed it had the authority to issue the order based on the president’s powers to limit certain immigrants. The 4th Circuit ruling also noted that even though “Congress granted the president broad power to deny entry to aliens,” nonetheless they ruled that this “power is not absolute.”
Hello, All, Please see below information of actions all along the southern border, beginning October 1 st and throughout the month. If you are able to participate as…Read more >
Sept. 27, 2019 – Last night, the administration which two years ago cut refugee numbers from our historic average of 95,000 refugees annually to 50,000,…Read more >
“The United States should be doing more to protect refugee children, not actively participating in their oppression” Washington, DC (August 21, 2019) – Religious organizations…Read more >
Washington, DC (August 27, 2019) – The Trump administration has alerted Congress that it is raiding the budgets of other federal programs, to dedicate even…Read more >
National Faith Organizations Denounce White Supremacy in the Wake of the El Paso Shooting and Call on the Administration to Welcome Immigrants The Rev. Teresa…Read more >
I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night…Read more >
“Whoever goes to the Lord for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty,can say to God, ‘You are my defender and protector. You…Read more >
Today, as World Refugee Day soon approaches on June 20th, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries sent this letter to all US legislators, expressing our commitment…Read more >
Seven Disciples leaders from Arizonia; including Rev. Jay Deskins, Rev. Kelley Dick, Rev. Job Cobos, Rev. Bob Howard, Rev. Al Beasley, Dave Coatworth, and Lauryn…Read more >
Rev. Terri Hord Owens publicly stated support for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients on Monday when she said: “The…Read more >
Disciples Friends of Refugees, This year, the administration has set a national U.S. refugee admissions goal at 30,000 – the lowest level in U.S. history….Read more >
Avoiding a shutdown, Congress passed a funding bill late this week that included remaining FY 2019 appropriations. Among the seven areas funded was the Department…Read more >
January 27, marked the second anniversary of the Muslim Ban. During this time, we’ve seen firsthand the painful human impacts of negative administrative changes and…Read more >
The Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director of Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries, was among a delegation of Christian leaders who delivered a welcome message to…Read more >
Please see and share here our 2018 Advent and Epiphany Devotions: Advent 2018 IIC Devotions . This year, we invite you to join in a spiritual…Read more >
Learn more about Asylum Seekers, and How You Can Help by going here: https://www.discipleshomemissions.org/missions-advocacy/refugee-immigration-ministries/immigrants/ Rev. Terri Hord Owens joined other national faith leaders this morning…Read more >
Want to learn more about immigrants in your own state? Go here for state by state Fact Sheets from the American Immigration Council!Read more >
This month, the administration named a refugee resettlement goal that is the historically lowest number ever (only 30,000)–despite the highest number of global refugees than…Read more >
“My name is Karen Evans. I’ve had the opportunity to work for the last four years in a volunteer ESL program, and work with the…Read more >
“I’m Mike Simonson, with Downtown Disciples in Des Moines, and I’m also one of the chairs of the Missions Committee for the Disciples General Assembly…Read more >
“My name is Amy Spangler-Dunning. I am a clergy person in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in the Upper Northwest. I am also a…Read more >
“Hi, I’m Chrissy Stonebraker-Martinez, Co-Director, Inter-Religious Task Force on Central America & Colombia in Cleveland, Ohio. I just want you all to know we have…Read more >
“It’s my joy and blessing to be the pastor of Downtown Disciples in Des Moines, Iowa. I wanted to tell you about two refugees I…Read more >
Responding to Secretary Pompeo’s recent press conference that set refugee admissions goal at 30,000 during the worst refugee crisis in human history, members of the…Read more >
Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries sponsors and speaks at a White House Press Conference on September 12 to urge that 75,000 refugees be resettled in…Read more >
Saguaro Christian Church in Tucson, AZ. recently began holding daily prayer vigils in support of separated children and families. See and join them in prayer…Read more >
Please see here a video of Disciples—including RIM Director, Capitol Area Regional Minister, and other Disciples clergy—assisting children, adults, and faith leaders in yesterday’s action…Read more >
Washington, D.C., June 13, 2018 — Speaker Paul Ryan has promised his caucus they will vote on at least two anti-immigrant bills next week, as…Read more >
In recent days, deeply offensive rhetoric has again been issued against immigrant communities by President Trump and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Disciples…Read more >
The Rev. Terri Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, spoke on a…Read more >
In a letter delivered to the administration on April 27, 2018, 122 faith-based organizations and 518 faith leaders from across traditions stand united in calling…Read more >
“With timing that has painfully come the very day following the devastating earthquakes in Nepal three years ago, we stand as faith partners together with…Read more >
Washington, D.C. – Faith leaders held a footwashing service in the shadow of the White House this afternoon.The biblical practice of footwashing is part of…Read more >
“I continue to be deeply disturbed by the random choices that this administration makes in removing TPS and other protected statuses. Last night’s decision to…Read more >
The current designation of “Deferred Enforced Departure” (DED) that is currently protecting nearly 4,000 Liberians in the U.S. is set to expire on MARCH 31st…Read more >
Today, seven Disciples affiliated clergy, Rev. Linda McCrae, Rev. Carolyn Higginbotham, Rev. Jim Higginbotham, Rev. Jon Barnes, Rev. Dawn Barnes, Rev. Sandra Gourdet, and Rev….Read more >
On this day when the President proclaimed DACA protections would end unless a Congressional decision was reached, dreamers remain insecure in the absence of a…Read more >
On Jan. 8, 2018, DHS terminated TPS for El Salvador, effective Sept. 9, 2019. As communities of faith, we urge the administration to reinstate TPS…Read more >
Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea, was among the participants on a press call January 4, to urge the Department of Homeland Security to extend Temporary Protected Status…Read more >
Thank you for your partnership in acting to support refugees and immigrants in 2017–and join us in ongoing actions for justice in 2018!! Sign up…Read more >
Disciples are among Christian leaders and activists who held hands and sang in an unlawful demonstration inside of the Russell Senate office building in Washington,…Read more >
Prepare now to plan Dream Sabbath Events! Check out these resources for ways you can participate.Read more >
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, October 17th at 11 a.m., local interfaith clergy will host a rally to call on the Trump administration to preserve Temporary…Read more >
The Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea traveled to Italy to participate in “Living and Witnessing the Border.” An International Conference on Migration, Borders and Reception, September 29…Read more >
Join the Interfaith Immigration Coalition for this webinar to learn how communities of faith can participate in “Dream Sabbath” events that lift up the stories,…Read more >
CONGRESSWOMAN SCHAKOWSKY, FAITH LEADERS, AND REFUGEES URGE CONGRESS TO STOP TRUMP FROM SHUTTING THE DOOR ON REFUGEES On morning of the Trump administration’s consultation with…Read more >
On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the U.S. administration announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has protected children brought to…Read more >
Please sign the faith letter & call your leaders today & tomorrow to urge DACA not to be ended, join our DACA & TPS Emergency…Read more >
On Monday, July 10th, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries’ Director joined with Immigration Legal Counsel, the National Benevolent Association, the Central Pastoral Office office of…Read more >
RIM’s Director (a board member with Southeast Asian Resource Action Center) was grateful to join this a.m. in speaking at Press Conference outside the White…Read more >
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2017 CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org | 202.733.5151 FAITH LEADERS STAND AGAINST SCOTUS RULING ON REFUGEE AND MUSLIM BAN EXECUTIVE ORDER Call on…Read more >
Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Rev. Dr. Ronald Degges, President, Disciples Home Missions “Disciples are a…Read more >
“The courts have spoken yet again in favor of justice and humanity. As CWS has maintained since January, President Trump’s ill-advised travel ban should never…Read more >
The Disciples RIM Staff celebrates the 4th Circuit Appeals Court ruling in Richmond, Va. on May 25 that upheld a lower court ruling which had…Read more >
Please deliver to, scan and email, or mail your national, state, and local legislators these postcards that indicate your support for refugees, and share how…Read more >
Call on DHS Secretary Kelly to extend Temporary Protected Status for Haiti for another 18 months WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017) — CWS and Catholic…Read more >
In the beginning of Holy Week, marking the entry of Jesus to Jerusalem, his suffering and his death, we watch with sadness and grief the…Read more >
Disciples and United Church of Christ Holy Season Statement on Violence in the Middle East and Refugees In the beginning of Holy Week, marking the…Read more >