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Seek justice and mercy for the vulnerable and suffering.

Whatever the changes to policy, our call and our commitment to putting love in action remain the same. We will still stand.

Will you stand with us?

One crucial way to stand with us today is by speaking up to your elected officials.

Congress has the power to act and often make key decisions that affect vulnerable people around the world and in the United States. When you speak up and contact your elected officials, they are more likely to understand and support positions that would help people we care about.

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TELL YOUR SENATORS TO SUPPORT MEANINGFUL BIPARTISAN IMMIGRATION REFORM!

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The last time expansive immigration reform was passed by Congress and enacted was in 1986 – more than 35 years ago. A gallon of regular gas at the time cost 93 cents, and a dozen eggs cost 87 cents. While our grocery and gas bills have changed dramatically, our country’s immigration system has not kept pace – even though the United States faces a looming demographic crisis, with population growth at just 0.1% a year, and critical labor shortages, which both could be addressed through increased immigration. Meanwhile, there is overwhelming support for legislation that would address key components of our broken immigration system. Now more than ever, it’s clear that Congress should take long-overdue action to pass needed immigration reforms and work with administration officials to improve border management.

URGE SENATOR BURR & SENATOR TILLIS TO PROVIDE A PATH TO PERMANENT STATUS FOR VULNERABLE IMMIGRANTS

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Many long-term immigrants in our state and across the U.S. lack a path to permanent legal residency, including Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status recipients, and essential workers such as farmworkers. Additionally, without legislation, the majority of Afghans who are here under humanitarian parole will be left in similarly perpetual “temporary” status. These immigrants are rooted, contributing, tax-paying members of our communities, neighborhoods, and congregations. As Christians, we take seriously God’s repeated calls to love and care for vulnerable foreigners throughout the Bible. We also believe that God established the family unit, which compels us to protect family unity wherever possible, and that he ordains civil authorities to maintain order and seek the common good. We ask the Senators to work for the common good of our state and nation to find an immigration solution that reflects these values.

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President Biden made many promises both on the campaign trail and upon taking office about his intention to restore “safe and orderly processing of asylum claims.” However, after one year in office, there is still much work to be done. Over a million expulsions have occurred under the Title 42 policy, which effectively denies asylum seekers their right to pursue an asylum case. While the Biden administration promised to put an end to the controversial Migrant Protection Protocols (also called “Remain in Mexico”), they instead went beyond the orders of the court in reimplementing the program to include more nationalities than the original. Asylum-seekers from Central America, Ukraine, and other regions deserve protection, and their legal right to make an asylum claim must be respected.

URGE CONGRESS TO PROVIDE A PATH TO PERMANENT STATUS FOR AFGHAN PAROLEES

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As the United States welcomes many Afghans fleeing from the Taliban, many are coming to the United States under humanitarian parole. It is necessary for Congress to act to provide a way for these vulnerable folks to apply for a permanent status. If Congress fails to act, these Afghans will find themselves in an unstable, perpetual “temporary” status, alongside TPS and DACA recipients. Add your name to the letter below and ask your Members of Congress  to provide a path to permanent status for all of these groups. Our partners at the Evangelical Immigration Table will deliver the completed letter with the contact information of all signatories to the congressional delegation representing your state.

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The only way for “Dreamers,” young immigrants brought as children to the U.S., to ultimately have stability is for Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution. The House recently passed such a bill, but it faces an uncertain future in the Senate. Senators are much more likely to vote for a solution for Dreamers if they are convinced that their constituents see it as a priority.

Convening a Christian conscience on behalf of the vulnerable is a core call of World Relief and an integral way that we empower local churches to serve and stand with the vulnerable. We consider it an essential task to engage the American church and remind leaders and congregations alike that our Christian faith should compel us to seek justice and mercy for the vulnerable and suffering.In increasingly divisive times, we are proud of our leading role as a thoughtful voice in the U.S. evangelical community.

 

World Relief intercedes on behalf of those who are suffering, in poverty or without protection, in order to influence those in positions of power who can save lives. We seek to not only defend and speak up on behalf of the vulnerable, but with and alongside them.Our commitment to advocate on behalf of the poor and oppressed is based on biblical truths and on the example of Jesus. We believe that such advocacy is an important witness to a watching world about the character of Jesus.

 

To that end, the World Relief Advocacy Team seeks to:

Address structural inequality & violence
Increase awareness
Build a movement for justice
Deepen empathy and understanding
Catalyze engagement

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute."

Proverbs 31:8

Our Team

Matthew Soerens

Matthew Soerens
U.S. Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief

Matthew Soerens is the US Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief, where he helps evangelical churches to understand the realities of refugees and immigration and to respond in ways guided by biblical values. He also serves as the National Coordinator for the Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition that advocates for immigration reforms consistent with biblical values.

Matthew previously served as a Department of Justice-accredited legal counselor at World Relief’s local office in Wheaton, Illinois and, before that, with World Relief’s partner organization in Managua, Nicaragua. He’s also the co-author of Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis (Moody Publishers, 2016).
Jenny Yang

Jenny Yang
SVP of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief

Jenny Yang is the Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief where she provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions for the organization and leads the organization’s public relations efforts. In this position, she coordinates and leads the marketing, programs, and strategic engagement division teams on media relations, public engagement and brand elevation strategies. She also represents the organization’s advocacy priorities to the U.S. government and leads mobilization efforts for churches on advocacy campaigns. She has worked over a decade in refugee protection, immigration policy, and human rights and was on an active deployment roster for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Previous to World Relief, she worked at one of the largest political consulting companies in Maryland. Jenny is co-author of “Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate" and contributing author to three other books. Jenny was named one of the “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today.

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