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Evangelical Group World Relief Condemns Trump-backed Immigration Act

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Aug 04
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The CEO of World Relief, a Christian humanitarian organization, has spoken out against an immigration act which is backed by President Trump.

Christian Today reports that the RAISE Act is sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) and is supported by President Trump. The Act would cut the number of legal immigrants accepted into the U.S. by as much as 50 percent. It would also cap the number of refugees received into the U.S. at 50,000 per year.

Tim Breene, the CEO of World Relief, said that the RAISE Act is contrary to American values.

“The notion of severely limiting legal immigration goes against the historic American values of freedom and opportunity," he said. “We're pro-security, pro-economy, pro-family. This bill, however, significantly hampers the reunification of families in the United States which are the building blocks of our society.”

World Relief spokeswoman Emily Gray echoed Breene’s stance: “Limiting the refugee admissions ceiling permanently to 50,000 abdicates our responsibility to those fleeing violence and persecution.”

World Relief says it: “[S]tands with the vulnerable, partnering with local churches to end the cycle of suffering, transforming lives and building sustainable communities.”


Publication date: August 4, 2016