Global Refugee Crisis
Our government recently announced that next year, the United States will welcome the lowest number of refugees since Congress enacted the 1980 Refugee Act. Only 45,000 individuals will be admitted. This decision comes as the global community struggles with the worst displacement crisis in history. 65 million people have been forced to leave their home because of violence and persecution.
The following statement was issued by Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ:
“This Administration has now set the lowest refugee admissions goal in U.S. history, which is an affront to faith traditions like the United Church of Christ who work daily to accompany refugees and welcome them to our communities. We cannot allow politics to influence the moral imperative to welcome refugees who are fleeing extreme conditions and facing political persecution. We are committed to continue to lift up the voice of refugees and all those who are targeted by harmful policies that hurt marginalized communities.”
In Matthew 24, Jesus teaches us that the way we treat the most vulnerable members of our society reflects how we treat Christ himself. As a people of faith, we must do everything we can to call upon our elected leaders to increase refugee admissions, reaching out to those struggling to rebuild their lives and raise their families in safety.