Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s statement on Administration’s 2021 refugee admission ceiling


10/4/20, Rolling Stone: Veterans Feel Betrayed as U.S. Immigration System Fails Imperiled Iraqi Allies

10/2/20, Immigration Impact: This Immigration Enforcement Agency Wants To Destroy Records on Abuses by Its Own Agents

10/2/20, CNN: Trump administration puts up billboards of immigration violators in Pennsylvania

10/1/20, AP: Trump plans to slash refugee admissions to US to record low

10/1/20, Washington Post: Faith groups decry Trump’s plans for record low refugee cap

10/1/20, New York Times: Trump Virtually Cuts Off Refugees as He Unleashes a Tirade on Immigrants

10/1/20, Guardian: Rights groups appalled as Trump cuts US refugee admissions to record low

10/1/20, Iowa Public Radio: Iowa Could Play Important Role In Future Immigration Policy

10/1/20, Washington Post: Trump’s attacks prompted Latino immigrants to get more involved in American civic life

10/1/20, CBS News: Migrant caravan sets off from Honduras with eyes on U.S. border

10/1/20, Guardian: UK tested Channel ‘blockade’ to deter migrants, leak reveals

9/30/20, CNN: The death toll in ICE custody is the highest it’s been in 15 years

9/30/20, New York Times: Supreme Court Speeds Case on Excluding Undocumented Immigrants in Redistricting

9/30/20, Whetstone Magazine: Midnight Chicken and Other Ruminations about Pakistani Cuisine

9/30/20, City News Service: ICE ordered to reduce population at Adelanto immigrant detention center hit by COVID-19

9/30/20, Roll Call: Wolf nomination for Homeland Security secretary advances

9/29/20, El Paso Times: At the six-month mark, El Pasoans face headaches and heartache over U.S.-Mexico border restrictions

9/29/20, New York Times: Immigrants Say They Were Pressured Into Unneeded Surgeries

9/29/20, Washington Post: ICE preparing targeted arrests in ‘sanctuary cities,’ amplifying president’s campaign theme

9/29/20, Washington Post: Trump administration in an all-out push to build border wall before election

9/29/20, Reuters: The Tangle: Unraveling of Trump policies a distant hope for separated immigrant families

9/29/20, New Humanitarian: EXCLUSIVE: More than 50 women accuse aid workers of sex abuse in Congo Ebola crisis

9/28/20, Newsy: As Refugee Admissions Hit Record Low, Iraqi Interpreters Keep Waiting

9/28/20, Nation: Undocumented Immigrants Are Still Suffering With No Federal Relief

9/28/20, Equal Times: In the United States, families separated by Trump’s immigration policies face an uphill battle

9/28/20, Baffler: Horror Stories

9/28/20, New Humanitarian: Nicaraguan asylum seekers face hunger in Costa Rica or dangerous returns

9/27/20, Deseret News: What happens when someone spends decades in America legally on ‘temporary’ status?

9/26/20, Vox: Amy Coney Barrett has a years-long record of ruling against immigrants


10/4/20, Guardian editorial board: The Observer view on Britain’s shameful treatment of asylum seekers

10/3/20, Christian Post: Christian groups say 15K cap on refugee resettlement for 2021 is ‘unconscionable’

10/2/20, New York Times: Why ‘Stand Back and Stand By’ Should Set Off Alarm Bells

10/1/20, Los Angeles Times: Op-Ed: Why abuse and neglect of immigrants proliferate in ICE detention

10/1/20, Washington Post: Trump’s refugee ceiling is bad for everyone but bigots

9/30/20, Christian Post: At midnight tonight, America’s doors will close to refugees. Here’s why that’s not a good thing.

9/30/20, Forbes: Judge Blocks USCIS Fee Increases: Here’s Why It Happened

Policy Resources

Gallup report: World Grows Less Accepting of Migrants

National Immigration Forum: Fact Sheet: U.S. Refugee Resettlement


EMM’s Hometown (podcast): An Interview with Rio Grande Borderland Ministries (RGBM)

Only in America (podcast): Vote of Conscience: Adamou Mohamed

Educational Resources & Opportunities

American Immigration Council webinar: Medical Abuse and Neglect in Immigration Detention

Disturbing accounts of medical abuse and neglect—including hysterectomies conducted on women without their consent—were recently reported by individuals detained at Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. This is just the latest example of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) longstanding failure to meet their obligation to care for people in its custody. The need for meaningful oversight during the COVID-19 pandemic is more important than ever. Join the American Immigration Council’s policy and litigation experts for a webinar that will discuss the long-documented systemic medical abuse and neglect people in detention centers across the country. Tue, Oct 6, 2020 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM EDT.

In the month of October, join Episcopal Migration Ministries, in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and Lutheran Family Services of the Rocky Mountains (LFSRM), for a three-part training series for congregations interested in supporting and walking alongside asylum seekers. The three 90-minute virtual events will provide advocacy updates, resources for group discernment, ministry models, and important considerations when engaging in ministry with asylum seekers. Participants may choose to attend one or more of the virtual events offered. Registration is required. The October 8 webinar will be available on-demand following the event; the latter two meetings will not be available on-demand. October 8, 20, and 27 at 4:00 – 5:30PM Eastern.