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ERLC, others promote way for Afghans to gain permanent status

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has joined other evangelical Christian organizations on the occasion of the first anniversary of Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban in calling on Congress to enable Afghans evacuated to the United States to seek permanent residency.

FIRST-PERSON: 3 reasons why people migrate despite difficulties and uncertainty

The Biden administration recently announced that it plans to terminate Title 42, a pandemic-era rule that closed the United States’ borders to asylum seekers and others, on May 23.

Refugee crisis calls for more U.S. help, panel says

NASHVILLE (BP) – The unmatched, global refugee crisis calls for the United States to increase its support for the tens of millions of people who have fled their homes because of religious persecution and other causes, a bipartisan commission says.

Thousands coming to Christ through church’s migrant ministry

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (BP) – Pastor Carlos Navarro and Golan Ministries of West Brownsville Baptist Church have long engaged in ministry to migrants seeking entry into the United States from Matamoros, just across the Texas-Mexico border. By April 2019, the church eagerly opened its renovated respite center, a stopover for migrants entering the U.S. legally, cleared by ICE and border patrol and awaiting transport to destinations within the U.S.

FIRST-PERSON: Mercy over judgment

The tragic fall of Afghanistan’s government has led the international community to rally to assist evacuees fleeing the Taliban. More than 1,000 of these Afghan evacuees are slated for resettlement in North Carolina in the coming months.

Border-town pastor sees image of God in every person

MCALLEN, Texas (BP) – First Baptist Church in McAllen has a closeup look at the border crisis, and Steven Gaither, the church’s pastor, said despite the challenges, “we are still called to see the image of God in every person.”

Haitian American pastors mobilize to help migrants, end expulsions

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Haitian American pastors in Florida are mobilizing across state and denominational lines to help resettle Haitian migrants who drew widespread attention while stuck in Del Rio, Texas, last week trying to enter the U.S.

Litton joins California Baptists in migrant ministry on border

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (BP) – After a week filled with vision-casting and preparation for the 2022 SBC Annual Meeting in Anaheim, SBC President Ed Litton spent time in hands-on ministry alongside fellow Southern Baptists as they served those crossing the border from Mexico into California.

ERLC, others urge Biden to protect, resettle at-risk Afghans

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and other evangelical Christian organizations urged President Biden Tuesday (Aug. 17) to fulfill a long-standing commitment to protect and resettle America’s Afghan allies, as well as others at risk of persecution by the Taliban.

ERLC urges action by Congress after DACA ruling

HOUSTON (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity called for prompt congressional action after a federal court halted a program that has prevented the deportation of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.