Mission Center: The Episcopal Church: Advocacy

Refugees/Immigration Policy

Refugees are people forced from their countries by war, civil conflict, political strife or gross human rights abuses. Most are women and children. Internally Displaced People (IDPs) remain in their countries, but are forced from their home area by internal conflicts. Immigrants come to this country in search of a better life for themselves and their families. As part of a worldwide Communion, we have neighbors everywhere. Whether through refugee resettlement, working with Episcopal Migration Ministries, parish outreach to immigrants, or advocacy on government refugee and immigration policies, the Episcopal Church helps give individuals and families a better life.

Working together for justice.

[10/19/2011]  Houston clergy, politicians gather for interfaith immigration prayer service
[Houston (TX) Chronicle] More than a dozen prominent Houston faith leaders were joined by Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee and Rep. Al Green at an interfaith service, where they prayed for immigration reform as a way to protect family unity, protect workers and uphold their rights, the Episcopal Diocese of Texas reported.

[9/19/2011]  Bishops, spouses hold prayer service at the Colombia-Ecuador border
Vehicle and foot traffic flows uninterrupted on the bridge separating Colombia and Ecuador at Tulcán, a border town where annually thousands of Colombians cross over, seeking refuge from violence and persecution. The national police are present on both sides, but no one is stopped, no questions asked, no identification is required to enter.

[9/13/2011]  The Immigration Debate: Alabama Bishops Unite to Fight Tough New Law (VIDEO)
[Odyssey Networks] Concerned that a new immigration law will criminalize their ministries, four Alabama bishops from three denominations have filed a lawsuit in protest.

[8/18/2011]  Religious leaders file statements in court opposing Alabama immigration law
[Birmingham News] "In providing or supporting these ministries [to help feed, clothe and shelter the poor], we do not -- and would not -- refuse to assist any person in need because he or she lacked legal immigration status," the Rt. Rev. Henry N. Parsley Jr., bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, wrote in his affidavit.

[8/8/2011]  Expressing themselves in a new land: Refugees learn English through visual and performing arts
[San Antonio (TX) Express-News] At St. Francis Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas, an eight-week summer English-language program created for refugee children combines language skills with visual and performing arts.

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