A large group of evangelicals has called on their respective governors to agree to resettle refugees in their home state. The move comes after President Trump signed an executive order which requires approval from state and local officials before refugees can be resettled.
“World Relief and the Evangelical Immigration Table,” a combined group of evangelical organizations lobbying for extensive immigration reform, sent joint letters to 15 state governors this week, according to the Christian Post.
The group’s demands center around the continued resettlement of refugees under the U.S. refugee admissions program and in line with Trump’s Sept. 26 executive order which permits states and localities the power to block refugee resettlement. Thus far, 17 of the country’s 50 governors have agreed to the resettlement plan.
The letter cautioned that a lack of action on the resettlement program could result in delays to the “reunification of many families who have been waiting years to be reunited.”
The plea added that if states expressly block the resettlements, many refugees will be forced to wait until they are officially resettled by the federal immigration services, which could take years. Once they are granted residency in the United States, immigrants are likely to relocate to their desired state. However, if states block the immediate resettlements, they will force many immigrants to “move away from vital employment assistance, language acquisition and cultural adjustment resources offered by their resettlement organization,” the letter noted.
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Source: Christian Headlines