June 16, 2020
This coming Sunday, June 21, 2020, we will be reflecting on World Refugee Day. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the response of the United States government to children, families, and adults seeking safety and protection at the U.S. southern border has been to deny assistance and push these refugees back. Hearings allowing asylum seekers to explain why they fear persecution have been cancelled. Unaccompanied children who are supposed to be cared for and given "know your rights" presentations and assistance with applying for immigration relief are instead fingerprinted and immediately sent back into Mexico or flown back to the countries from which they fear harm with little to no arrangements for safe reintegration.
This year's World Refugee Day theme is "Every Action Counts" and serves as a reminder to the world that everyone, including refugees (some of the most courageous, strongest, determined people!), contributes to society and "Every Action Counts" in the effort to create a more just, inclusive, and equal world where no one is left behind. The Immigration Ministry Team has a few suggestions of actions you can take to support our refugee neighbors near and far:
Thank you for your actions big and small! -Janet GwilymSubscribe
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We look to God for the breaking of oppression and healing in the land. Let us stand together with one voice as we watch, fight, and pray with life prioritized.
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