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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. It is past time for Congress to create a clear path to permanent legal residency and eventual citizenship for long-term immigrants who are rooted, contributing members of our communities, neighborhoods, and congregations. 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 that respect God-given human dignity and support our national economy.

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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. DACA was originally envisioned as a temporary measure, and ten years after it was announced, it’s clear that it is past time for a permanent solution for Dreamers – one that only Congress can provide. The DACA program is currently facing legal challenges, making it very likely that current DACA beneficiaries will have their work authorization withdrawn in the coming year, harming them, their families, their employers and a national economy that relies upon their many contributions. The DACA program has already been closed to new applicants – including a cohort of people who were too young to apply for DACA in the past, whose ability to pursue college and/or careers now is in limbo.

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 people to apply for a permanent status. While many will be applying for asylum, the asylum system is already significantly backlogged. Tens of thousands of evacuated Afghan men, women, and children resettled in the U.S. will need to navigate complex legal issues to find more lasting protection in the U.S. We are advocating for the Afghan Adjustment Act so Afghans who were evacuated will be able to adjust status in the United States. The United States has historically done this for other populations including Cubans, Southeast Asians and Iraqis and we must do it again for Afghans.

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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