Politico Pro released an article today revealing reports of a Presidential Determination to set the refugee admissions ceiling at zero.

The Episcopal Church response to these reports:

The Episcopal Church is deeply concerned about reports that the Administration is considering setting refugee admissions for the next year at zero. This decision will have  a devastating impact on individuals and families truly in need of resettlement. These refugees are some of the most vulnerable and, ironically, most vetted among us.

“Welcoming the Stranger is a core tenant of our faith. Episcopalians around the country in our churches and faith communities stand ready to welcome and embrace refugees,” said The Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond The Episcopal Church. “We walk the way of love when we embrace the stranger and love our neighbor. Indeed, we believe that in welcoming the stranger, we are welcoming Jesus.” The Episcopal Church urges the Administration to reject this proposal and return the refugee admissions number to historic norms.

Take Action:

Take action through the Episcopal Public Policy Network alert here. Advocate for a robust refugee admissions program and show your support for the world’s most vulnerable.

Read the Refugee Council USA Fact Sheet here.

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 13 affiliate offices in 12 states. 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).