Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement agency of the Episcopal Church, invites participation in supporting its life-saving work through Stand To Support Refugees, a fundraising campaign to maintain a strong, viable ministry network to welcome those fleeing war, violence and persecution. Donations to Stand to Support Refugees will help strengthen important ministry to some of the most vulnerable throughout the world.
President Donald Trump recently signed a revised Executive Order with elements that include: suspending refugee resettlement for 120 days; cutting the previously determined number of refugees to be resettled in the United States for the current year from 110,000 to 50,000; and prohibiting entry for most nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for at least 90 days. Two Federal judges have blocked key parts of the order but the administration is appealing the decisions.
“The Executive Order will disrupt the promise of hope and safety for the most vulnerable children, women and men,” noted the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries. “Episcopal Migration Ministries is committed to embracing the command of Jesus, and his definition of neighbor. We recognize that there is little to fear from those who have themselves fled violence for fear of their lives. We respect and value the dignity of every human being.”
Like other agencies that resettle refugees and assist them with housing, job training, and other services, Episcopal Migration Ministries receives the bulk of its funding from federal grants. As a result of the Executive Order, funding is being dramatically reduced for the remainder of 2017, potentially resulting in significant negative impact to core ministries offered by Episcopal Migration Ministries.
“At a time when the world is facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II, the United States can and should welcome more refugees, not less,” Stevenson said.