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Our view: Welcoming the stranger

Rob Cassell, World Relief Triad Executive Director, Graham Aitken, pastor of the Heart in Boone, Adam Clark, World Relief Durham’s Executive Director, and the Evangelical Immigration Table come together to discuss the prevalent need for immigration reform and providing a path towards legal citizenship for immigrants facing impermanence in this opinion piece.

A letter soliciting support from members of Congress — including our own Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis — will, we hope, be influential. Its cause is compassionate and just.

The letter, signed by more than 70 evangelical pastors, leaders and church members — participants in the Evangelical Immigration Table — urges our legislators to provide permanent legal status to Afghans who are already resettled across the U.S. after fleeing from the nightmare of Afghanistan’s final days as a democracy in August 2021.

These are the people, and their family members, who assisted the U.S. military and other Americans during our long and, in the end, tragic foray into Afghanistan, only to have to abandon their homes and rush to safety here after civilized allies left and the Taliban resurged.

Read more of this piece with the Winston-Salem Journal.

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