Faith-based refugee resettlement groups are celebrating the Biden administration’s proposal to admit as many as 125,000 refugees to the United States in the coming year, calling the decision a “return to moral leadership.”
As the U.S. continues its evacuations of American citizens and Afghans who have worked for the U.S. over the past 20 years, faith-based refugee resettlement organizations are leading efforts to help Afghans settle into the country.
As most Americans absorbed the shock of the Taliban’s full takeover of Afghanistan over the weekend, officials at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service followed the rapidly deteriorating situation with resignation, knowing it could have gone differently.
Warfare, droughts, famine, widespread hunger, floods, locust swarms and a global pandemic – all of these have been endured by the South Sudanese over the past decade. Amid the turmoil, faith leaders like Edward Dima, pastor of First Baptist Church in Kajo-Keji and president of the
Pope Francis on Thursday denounced “aggressive” nationalism that rejects migrants, and said Catholics should follow the Gospel-mandated call for an inclusive, welcoming church that doesn’t distinguish between “natives and foreigners, residents, and guests.”
Faith-based refugee resettlement groups are celebrating President Joe Biden’s decision to raise the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. for the remainder of the federal fiscal year to 62,500, even as they acknowledge that they need to rebuild their capacity after years of cuts.
Religious minorities and others fleeing persecution are among the world’s most vulnerable people, and the United States needs to reclaim its position of moral leadership in responding to refugees and asylum seekers, a panel of experts insisted.
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