My contact person at Lutheran Services Carolinas forwarded the information below.
Dear Valued Volunteers, Community Partners and friends,
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LSC’s national VOLAG), has met with the Trump administration in Washington and we have received some discouraging news. But we will continue doing this important work with even more resolution and passion. We still do not know exactly how/when our local resettlement services will be effected.
Now more than ever, as federal funding which keeps our programs running is at stake, we recognize the importance of compassionate community members like yourself carrying on the banner of welcome and hope to refugees in our community.
Official LIRS press statement:
A statement from the LSC Director:
We have seen media reports that President Trump will make an announcement stopping refugee resettlement for certain nationalities and/or religions, among pausing resettlement altogether.
Now that the announcement has gotten media attention, we want to lift up voices in particular DIRECTLY TO PRESIDENT TRUMP expressing opposition, in an effort to hopefully change these plans. We need to take action NOW.
Only if you are comfortable with sharing, please share this with our volunteers, churches, other faith leaders, supporters!
PLEASE DO FOUR THINGS IMMEDIATELY:
1. Sign this petition stating opposition to any plans to stop refugee resettlement. Remember to confirm your sign-on via your email, otherwise it won’t be counted.
President Trump, We are hearing that you will stop refugee resettlement based on someone’s nationality or religion. As a faith group, we are STRONGLY opposed to any policy change that would deny access to refugees based on their religion or nationality. Please reject such ideas, as a religious litmus test for safety is an affront to religious liberty.
As faith groups that work with thousands of members of our communities in churches and synagogues across the country to welcome refugees every day, we oppose any plan to reduce refugee admissions and to prevent Muslim refugees from being resettled in the United States. We urge you to allow the U.S. refugee program to continue to resettle refugees that need our protection regardless of where they come from or how they pray. Thank you for your leadership in ensuring the U.S. remains a beacon of hope for all those who are persecuted that seek peace, safety and freedom. bit.ly/FaithLeaders4ALLRefugees
More than 800 faith leaders: “The U.S. Refugee Resettlement program has been and should remain open to those of any religious tradition who face persecution on account of the reasons enumerated under U.S. law. We oppose any proposal that would prevent Syrian refugees or individuals who practice Islam and other faiths from accessing the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Proposals that would have the U.S. State Department disqualify refugees from protection based on their nationality or religion fly in the face of the very principles this nation was built upon, contradict the legacy of leadership our country has historically demonstrated, and dishonor our shared humanity.” bit.ly/FaithLeaders4ALLRefugees
4. Share this BROADLY.
Also, we are re-opening the sign on letter, so that any faith leaders who are not on the letter and would like to be can sign up at http://bit.ly/FaithLeaders4Refugees.
Thanks everyone. Please note that we still do not know when an executive order will be released or what the specifics are. Right now we are just focusing on tweeting, facebooking, and communicating through the petition. We will continue to send information as we receive it and are still planning on broader action alerts following any announcement that would turn our back on refugees.
Service Team Leader
Refugee and Immigrant Services
Lutheran Services Carolinas
1118 Union Street
Columbia, SC 29201