FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2019
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Over 1,300 Faith Leaders and Community Sponsors Sign Letter Demanding Restoration of Refugee Program
Dismantling refugee program infringes religious freedom of faith groups looking to welcome refugees
Washington, DC- Church World Service today delivered a letter to the administration, Congress and state officials demanding restoration of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Over 1,300 faith communities and people of conscience across the nation, who have sponsored, welcomed, or volunteered to help refugees as part of an effort to restore American leadership in aiding the world’s vulnerable signed the letter.
The letter states, “As faith communities, we are motivated to welcome and sponsor by our sacred texts which remind us to love our neighbor and welcome the sojourner among us, and as people of conscience, we are motivated to sponsor by our American values. Our generosity and compassion is what makes this country great and we believe that helping refugees is essential to what it means to be an American.”
Marking the occasion, Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service said “This letter with the signatures of over 1,300 faith communities and people of conscience who have sponsored, welcomed, or volunteered to help refugees is a testament to a proud American tradition. In fact, refugee resettlement began in the United States by religious congregations living out their call to welcome refugees. The leadership of the U.S. faith community in refugee resettlement has created a public-private partnership of which all Americans can be proud. There are countless other congregations and community groups waiting to live out their faith and their values by welcoming our refugee siblings. By shutting the door to refugees, President Trump and his administration are preventing faith communities from living out their sacred traditions and putting vulnerable lives in danger.”
The full text of the letter, including a full list of signatories, is available here.
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.