Episcopal Migration Ministries welcomes the administration’s commitment to restore the historic U.S. refugee resettlement program, allowing for a refugee admissions ceiling of 125,000 in the first full fiscal year of the Biden administration. Yesterday’s actions reflect U.S. resettlement goals to respond to the global humanitarian need for protection and safety. The U.S. refugee resettlement program sustained significant damage over the last four years, preventing this life-saving and community-building program from offering welcome and successful integration to men, women, and children forced to flee their homes. The administration’s actions signal a reaffirmation of our country’s long-standing commitment to be a safe harbor for displaced families unable to return home.

The Episcopal Church, through Episcopal Migration Ministries, has proudly resettled in the past four decades over 95,000 refugees through a network of affiliate partners, volunteers, and congregations. This ministry of welcome represents a foundational part of The Episcopal Church’s call to faithfully follow The Way of Love and embrace our Newest Neighbors. Episcopal Migration Ministries remains committed to working in partnership with the administration to ensure a strong resettlement program that offers welcome, hope, and a chance for a prosperous life in the U.S.

Episcopal Migration Ministries is a ministry of The Episcopal Church and is one of nine national agencies responsible for resettling refugees in the United States in partnership with the government. Episcopal Migration Ministries currently has 12 affiliate offices in 10 states. In addition to its long-standing work in refugee resettlement ministry, Episcopal Migration Ministries is The Episcopal Church’s convening place for collaboration, education, and information-sharing on migration. To directly support EMM and its life-changing work, visit www.episcopalmigrationministries.org/give or text ‘EMM’ to 41444 (standard messaging and data may rates apply).