Migration, Refugees & Immigration

Migration, Refugees & Immigration

The Episcopal Church seeks to address issues of global migration and their root causes as the number of displaced people surpasses 70 million worldwide. We work to protect the human rights and safety of refugees by supporting the refugee resettlement work of Episcopal Migration Ministries. Further, we are committed to advocating for humane immigration policies that respect the dignity and worth of every human being and for comprehensive immigration reform.

Begin your advocacy with this Overview of Advocacy on Refugee and Immigration Issues, explore general immigration resources directly below, the scroll down for more specific issue areas. 

 

     

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    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

    Register now for our Listen & Learn: Border Advocacy and Ministry webinar with Episcopal Migration Ministries!
    July 2 3:30 pm ET/1:30 pm MT

    With guest speaker Bishop Michael Hunn of the Diocese of the Rio Grande, we will cover the latest policy changes related to the border and will hear a first hand account from Bishop Hunn about how The Episcopal Church is responding to humanitarian needs. We will also offer time for dialogue and questions, in addition to offering ways to get involved.

    Resources Developed by The Episcopal Church

    Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

    TPS offers protection for hundreds of thousands of individuals who had to flee or were unable to return to their home countries due to natural disasters or armed conflict. TPS folders are authorized to work in the U.S. and protected from deportation. Learn how to advocate for a solution for TPS holders.

    Resources

    Take action to support TPS, DED recipients, and Dreamers!

    Resources Developed by Partners

    Map of Countries with Temporary Protected Status

    Refugee Resettlement and Protection

    We have long supported a robust refugee resettlement program for those who have fled their native countries to escape persecution, oppression, and war. Through The Episcopal Church’s resettlement agency Episcopal Migration Ministries, refugees are resettled to the U.S. and make a new life here with the support of the communities that welcome them. Learn how you can help continue this tradition of welcoming refugees to new homes in the U.S. and to advancing peacemaking and protection for refugees around the world. 

    "Support Refugees" from Episcopal Migration Ministries

    Episcopal Migration Ministries

    The refugee resettlement agency operated by The Episcopal Church works in partnership with the U.S. government to support refugees, immigrants, and the communities that embrace them by offering a wide variety of programs and services as part of its ministry.

    Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's World Refugee Day message 2019

    Hometown podcast: Check it out in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, or SoundCloud, and on their website.

    Host a "Refugee Sunday" in your parish

    Make a donatation to Episcopal Migration Ministries

     

    Get to Know a Refugee: Sowdos' Story

    Sign up for Partners in Welcome

    A network of individuals, groups, and organizations coming together to build a community of support and solidarity for welcoming newcomers to our country. Submit your membership application today!

     

    Ongoing Work

    Immigration is a complex and multifaceted issue with far-reaching impacts for our families, communities, local economies, national security, and the role of the U.S. in the world.. Due to the array of policies and laws that make up the U.S. immigration system, as well as the unexpected and new root causes of migration like natural disasters and conflict, we will highlight other immigration issues that require our attention as they come up, which are distinct from the other areas of advocacy listed above.

    Sanctuary 

    Learn how you and your congregation can be a part of the Sanctuary Movement 

    Public Charge

    While the period for public comment on the proposed changes to public charge has ended, here are the statements and resources we shared on the issue.

    The Episcopal Church Responds to Harmful Changes on Public Charge Determination

    The Episcopal Church is deeply concerned by this proposed rule significantly altering the public charge determination, which will have lasting negative impacts on the health and dignity of large numbers of immigrants providing for themselves and their families. The rule would essentially force immigrants to do the impossible: to choose between utilizing public benefits they and their children may need, such as food assistance and health care, and obtaining permanent legal status in the United States in order to keep their family together long-term.

    As a Church, we must support parents who want to provide for their children and keep families together. Our faith calls us to help the strangers in our midst by ensuring that we provide basic assistance to our neighbors irrespective of their immigration status. This extreme and unprecedented measure is not aligned with our Church’s commitment to supporting compassionate and reasonable immigration policies, nor our commitment to help the most vulnerable among us.