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In the US, faith-based organisations are concerned about the immigration policy landscape

United States RNS While congressional Democrats are chiding Republican senators for walking away from a compromise immigration bill that restricts asylum, faith-based agencies that work with refugees and asylum-seekers expressed alarm in recent days about provisions of the bill and the turn that the conversation about immigration has taken. “You’re not going to solve anything […]

US faith-based refugee resettlement agencies denounce new asylum rule

A migrant gestures to Texas National Guards standing behind razor wire on the bank of the Rio Grande river, seen from Matamoros, Mexico, Thursday, on 11th May, 2023.

United StatesRNS Many US faith-based refugee agencies have long called for the end of the emergency health rule that allowed the government to quickly expel undocumented immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border. But now that the rule is expiring at 11:59pm on Thursday, 11th May, those same faith-based refugee agencies are denouncing the replacement rules announced […]

US faith-based organisations urge Biden not to enact ‘asylum ban’

US Mexico border Texas El Paso

United StatesRNS A number of faith-based organisations and congregations are pleading with the Biden administration, in a letter sent on Monday to President Joe Biden and other leaders, not to enact new immigration restrictions. The letter – signed by 165 faith-based local, national and international organisations and congregations – expresses “grave concern” with policies Biden announced earlier this […]

In the US, HIAS pushes for bill to make Afghans eligible for permanent residency

US Afghan refugees arrive in Virginia

RNS For months, US religious congregations have worked to help Afghan families evacuated after the 20-year war in Afghanistan secure housing and jobs and acclimate to life in America. But the fate of some 36,000 of those evacuees is uncertain because they are being resettled in the US without a direct pathway to permanent legal […]

Advocating for Haitians, US faith groups pressure Biden to end Trump-era measure

US Mexico border U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials

RNS Rev Myrlande DesRosiers likens what has happened to Haiti in the past few months to Biblical plagues: the mounting death toll of COVID-19, the assassination of the Haitian President and a massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake in August that left thousands dead on the island nation and reduced homes to rubble. And this month, a fourth catastrophe: […]