Responses to 2017 Refugees Ban
- Episcopalian response on Refugee Advocacy, from Bishop Budde: “All Christian Americans should be offended that President Trump has decided that some of the most vulnerable refugees on the planet are not welcome here because they are of the Muslim faith, but that Christians from the seven troubled countries that the President has named are to receive favored treatment. Such favoritism is an insult to Christians. Scripture could not be clearer: we are called to welcome the stranger. Jesus himself was a refugee when his parents fled their homeland to save his life from a brutal ruler.”
- Young evangelicals are beginning to come together in opposition to the refugee ban. “These evangelicals are asserting pro-life beliefs entail holding human life sacred from the womb to the tomb — which to them necessitates a pro-immigrant, pro-refugee stance. The result is the stirrings of a new Christian coalition.”
- The legal perspective — can the ban withstand judicial scrutiny?, from a legal scholar
- Data on likelihood of being killed by a refugee on U.S. soil: “The chances of being struck by lightning twice is 1 in 9 million. The chances of being killed by a refugee committing a terrorist act is 1 in 3.6 billion.” Politifact checked and found this mostly true; details, including perpetrators of past terrorist attacks in U.S. here. “Many of the major terror attacks that have killed Americans were carried out by U.S.-born citizens or permanent legal residents from countries not included in the ban. Newland said people tend to lump refugees in with all categories of immigrants, without considering the data showing how infrequently refugees are involved with terror attacks.”
- How refugees are actually vetted in an 18-month to two-year process, a video to U.S. Senate by Sen. Claire McCaskill.
- Even attacks by Muslim-Americans are rare, accounting for only one third of one percent of all murders in America in 2016. “Roughly 11,000 Americans were killed in gun homicides in 2016 — yet Trump has never said anything about creating a registry of gun owners.”
- 2×4 Fight for Refugees Campaign — interfaith commitment to calling national, state, and local elected officials four times during the next two months on behalf of refugees. Learn more about the campaign and find a helpful script online.
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A green card holder from Sudan
Immigration also is erroneously linked to increased crime rates, according to data by two teams of researchers:
- “Immigration-crime research over the past 20 years has widely corroborated the conclusions that found no backing for the immigration-crime connection. Although there are always individual exceptions, the literature demonstrates that immigrants commit fewer crimes, on average, than native-born Americans.”
- “For the last decade, we have been studying how immigration to an area impacts crime. Across our studies, one finding remains clear: Cities and neighborhoods with greater concentrations of immigrants have lower rates of crime and violence, all else being equal.”