Episcopal Migration Ministries offers Virtual Advent Vigil

Episcopal Migration Ministries, in partnership with the EMM Asylum Ministry Network and EMM Immigration Detention Ministry Network, will host a virtual Advent vigil on Sunday, December 13, 7:00 – 8:00 pm EST. The Advent vigil, available via Zoom webinar and Facebook Live, will offer a time of prayer and reflection in a world being transformed by forced migration.

Registration is required and is available here. The vigil will be available on-demand following the event.

In addition, Episcopal Migration Ministries offers a downloadable vigil order of service for local adaptation and use. It is available here.


12/6/20, Guardian: UK races to deport asylum seekers ahead of Brexit

12/6/20, Guardian: ‘Now I have nothing’: Tigray conflict has changed Ethiopia for ever, say refugees

12/5/20, New York Times: As Refugees, Their Options Were Limited. Others Saw a Profit.

12/5/20, New York Times: ‘They’re Playing With Our Lives’: What Happens Next for DACA’s ‘Dreamers’

12/4/20, Guardian: Bangladesh begins moving Rohingya families to remote island

12/4/20, New York Times: A Trump Immigration Policy Is Leaving Families Hungry

12/4/20, Washington Post: Federal judge restores DACA, orders DHS to accept first-time applications from immigrants

12/3/20, Politico: Trump’s New Citizenship Test Is Full of Conservative Bias—And Dotted With Mistakes

12/3/20, Washington Post: A lesser-known Trump immigration policy needs Biden’s attention

12/2/20, Bloomberg Law: DHS Public Charge Rule for Immigrants Halted (2)

12/2/20, Christianity Today: Refugee Ministries Hope to Rebuild Under Biden

12/2/20, CNN: Federal appeals court rules against the Trump administration’s public charge rule

12/2/20, Immigration Impact: The Trump Administration Will Inflict More Damage to the Immigration System Before Leaving Office

12/2/20, Iowa Public Radio: Iowa’s Immigrants Recognized For Individual Contributions

12/2/20, NBC News: Lawyers say Trump administration has handed over new data that will help reunite separated migrant families

12/2/20, Washington Post: Biden plans to spurn Trump immigration restrictions, but risk of new border crisis looms

12/1/20, Axios: FBI stats show border cities are among the safest

12/1/20, Denver7: Undocumented immigrants across U.S. face unemployment challenges during pandemic

12/1/20, Immigration Impact: Who Is Alejandro Mayorkas? The New DHS Secretary Will Spearhead Biden’s Immigration Agenda

12/1/20, Time: Joe Biden Has Promised to End Trump’s Muslim and African ‘Travel Ban.’ But Its Legacy Will Be Felt for Years

12/1/20, Washington Post: A D.C. lawyer learned English as a child from a teacher who tutored her each day. She found her to say thank you.

11/30/20, AP: Judge: Detained immigrants must see a judge within 10 days

11/30/20, Arizona Republic: As border wall goes up, southern Arizona sees spike in human smuggling

11/30/20, CBS News: Supreme Court skeptical of Trump plan to exclude undocumented immigrants from House redistricting count

11/30/20, Politico: Behind Trump’s final push to limit immigration

11/28/20, CBN News: Biden to Stop Building Border Wall, Vows Total Shift in Immigration and Refugee Policy

11/23/20, Christianity Today: Meet the People Who Minister in America’s Food Chain


12/4/20, NBC News: Biden’s immigration plan must reform DACA to cover Dreamers whose parents are here legally

12/4/20, Fox News: Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo: Alejandro Mayorkas is good choice by Biden to head Homeland Security

12/2/20, New York Times: Why Are Children Dying of the Flu in U.S. Detention?

12/1/20, New York Times: What the Future Holds for Undocumented Immigrants

12/1/20, Scientific American: Our Immigration Policy Has Done Terrible Damage to Kids

11/30/20, The Hill: An immigrant to get the job done at Homeland Security

Policy Resources

MPI commentary: The Role of Immigrant Health-Care Professionals in the United States during the Pandemic


Hometown, EMM podcast: Advent Reflection Series


American Immigration Council webinar: A New Life for Asylum: Hope and Challenges for Asylum Seekers Under the Biden Administration

The Trump administration has levelled increasingly drastic attacks on the U.S. asylum system, all but shutting down the southern border and making asylum extremely difficult to obtain. The incoming Biden administration has indicated that it is ready to reverse at least some of these changes, but the road ahead for asylum seekers will be challenging. Join experts from the American Bar Association, American Immigration Council, Immigration Justice Campaign, and Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network as we discuss what we know, and what we envision may happen, for asylum seekers at the southern border and in U.S. immigration prisons in 2021 — as well as ways to get involved and help. Dec 8, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada).