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The Week Ahead July 28- August 1

July 28, 2014 - Posted by Communications Intern

“The refugee situation at the border is a moral crisis. There are no easy fixes, but we must start by seeing these children as what they are: loved by God and created in his image. We need to respond to this crisis in a way that honors both human dignity and national security.”

— Dr. Russell Moore, President, Southern Baptist Ethnics & Religious Liberty Commission, in a July 22 press statement


Last Chance for Congressional Leaders to Fix Border Crisis

This is Congress’ last week in town before their extended August break, and they have the opportunity to provide a significant and immediate fix to the nation’s crisis on the border. Just last week, a delegation of evangelical and Catholic leaders toured detention centers and shelters in Texas. After their visit, these leaders urged Congress to take action on what has become a “moral crisis.”

On Sunday, Fox contributor George Will added to the chorus of leaders from across the spectrum calling for a humane and effective response to the humanitarian crisis at our borders. These calls for action will only grow stronger as this week passes by.

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MUST READ: NEW YORK TIMES: U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children
By Michael Paulson
July 23, 2014

After protesters shouting “Go Home” turned back busloads of immigrant mothers and children in Murrieta, Calif., a furious Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, sat down at his notepad and drafted a blog post detailing his shame at the episode, writing, “It was un-American; it was un-biblical; it was inhumane.”
When the governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, said he did not want the migrants in his state, declaring, “We can’t accept every child in the world who has problems,” clergy in Des Moines held a prayer vigil at a United Methodist Church to demonstrate their desire to make room for the refugees.
America’s response to the arrival of tens of thousands of migrant children, many of them fleeing violence and exploitation in Central America, has been symbolized by an angry pushback from citizens and local officials who have channeled their outrage over illegal immigration into opposition to proposed shelter sites. But around the nation an array of religious leaders are trying to mobilize support for the children, saying the nation can and should welcome them.

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CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: (Hybels and Castellanos Op-Ed): Speaking up for vulnerable immigrants
By Bill Hybels and Noel Castellanos
July 18, 2014

There is a profound biblical tradition of lament in the face of injustice. In the past few weeks, as the House of Representatives has reportedly determined not to vote on immigration reform and as we witness a crisis of vulnerable children arriving at our southern border, our hearts are heavy.
As Christian leaders, our support of immigration reform has primarily been about people, not politics — people who live in constant fear of deportation, of their families being separated and of the uncertainty of what tomorrow might bring.
We have built our church and ministry on the core conviction that all people matter to God. Our faith does not allow us to simply turn aside as we witness people, many of whom are fellow followers of Christ, being tossed aside and mistreated.

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