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September 12, 2014
Congress is back (briefly), the Obama Administration delays executive action but increases family detention, refugee resettlement funding needs, and updates from the border, all in this month’s newsletter. Advocacy Calendar Administrative Update Legislative Update Resources Advocacy Calendar It is an election year- Whether your members of Congress are running for...
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June 25, 2014
  TESTIMONY OF ALEXANDER D. BAUMGARTEN AND KATIE CONWAY ON BEHALF OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH[1] JUNE 25, 2014   We thank Representative Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Ranking Member Conyers for the opportunity to submit this testimony. Today we express our concern for the violence in Central America pushing tens of thousands of vulnerable immigrant children to...
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June 4, 2014
Immigration Advocacy Network Newsletter- June 2014 President Obama delays the DHS review of immigration enforcement policies; Congress heads home for June recess; National Refugee Advocacy week begins and the rise in unaccompanied immigrant children continues     Advocacy Calendar Legislative and Administrative Updates Immigration in the News Resources   Advocacy...
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April 7, 2014
Immigration Advocacy Network Newsletter: March- April 2014   The House passes the punitive ENFORCE Act; the Administration pledges to review deportation practices; what is a discharge petition anyway?; and more in this month’s newsletter! Advocacy Calendar Legislative and Administrative Updates Immigration in the News Resources Advocacy Calendar   Call-in...
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April 3, 2014
Be present, O merciful God, and protect us…so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may repose upon thy eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – Concluding Collect for Compline, Proposed Book of Common Prayer of 1928, Church of England Dear Fellow Advocate, The preceding collect, which appears in our present Prayer Book in...
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January 23, 2014
As we journey through the holy season of Epiphany, we at Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) are given pause to reflect on our call to the ministry of refugee resettlement. The image of the Holy Family in EMM’s logo takes on new resonance at this time of year, as we remember that we seek and serve Jesus in the refugee families who come to our shores. They are new holy families finding...
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January 23, 2014
On a recent cold, snowy night, a group of parishioners and refugee supporters gathered at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, Kentucky, to witness a heart-warming performance. The Kentucky Refugee Children’s choir – formed in 2013 through an initiative of EMM’s affiliate partners at Kentucky Refugee Ministries – performed a slate of three delightful songs. The choir is...
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January 23, 2014
When you speak with refugees about their initial experiences resettling in the United States, one of the first things they often describe is the difficult adjustment to a new climate. For newcomers from Africa, the Middle East, and other warm climates, the winter in northern American cities can be a brutal shock. Many have never seen snow, experienced freezing wind chills, or even owned a heavy...