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Bill to grant legal status to Dreamers reintroduced

WASHINGTON (BP) – Members of Congress are again seeking to enable undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to earn permanent legal status and, ultimately, citizenship by meeting certain requirements.

Migrant women to no longer see doctor accused of misconduct

HOUSTON (AP) – Immigration authorities have stopped sending detained women to a rural Georgia gynecologist accused of performing surgeries without consent, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

Evangelical leaders urge Ivanka Trump to help protect migrant children

Leaders of 16 evangelical organizations signed a letter to President Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump Aug. 24, asking her to leverage her influence in the Trump administration to protect unaccompanied migrant children from the dangers of child trafficking.

Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students

BOSTON (AP) -- Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Leaders of 12 Christian organizations, including Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, had urged the Trump administration to rescind the policy.

U.S. urged to open doors to Christian refugees, asylum seekers

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Christians fleeing religious persecution abroad are increasingly denied access to safety in the U.S., according to a new report urging the Trump administration to reverse the trend. The U.S. is on track to accept 90 percent fewer Christian refugees in 2020 than five years earlier from countries where Christians are most persecuted, and is considering changes to eligibility requirements for asylum seekers that would drastically reduce their entry here, Open Doors USA and World Relief said in its joint report released today (July 10).

Christian groups oppose ICE rule on international students

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leaders of 12 Christian organizations on Friday urged the Trump administration to rescind a policy requiring international students to leave the U.S. or transfer if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall, saying it "falls short of American ideals." In a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, shared with The Associated Press, the leaders wrote that the policy "robs our country of the significant contribution" international students make to their colleges on both a personal and economic level. It "lacks compassion" and "violates tenets of our faith," the letter continued, citing specific Biblical passages.

Moore, others ask Trump not to rescind DACA

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and other evangelical Christian leaders have asked President Trump to hold off on another effort to rescind a program for certain undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. In a letter Wednesday (July 8), leaders of the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) urged the president to maintain Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) until Congress provides a permanent solution. They encouraged Trump to sign such a bill into law.

Trauma-healing ministry reaches refugees in Uganda

ARUA DISTRICT, Uganda (BP) -- The South Sudanese people who live in the Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement in Uganda know Deborah* is an outsider. They can see it on her skin. She's Liberian, with lighter skin than theirs -- a fact that wasn't erased by the years she lived in South Sudan married to a South Sudanese man. But the scars on her heart are the same as theirs -- they can see that too.

IMB missionaries use trauma care resources to help refugees, start churches

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (BP) -- It's tough to overstate the trauma the Venezuelan people have experienced over the last decade. The price of oil, the country's chief export, cratered. Hyperinflation at one point hit 10 million percent. The country's power grid failed, leading to massive power shortages. An unpopular dictator defied an election. More than 4.6 million people fled the country from 2016 to 2019.

Court rules against DACA revocation

WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday (June 18) the Trump administration erred in the way -- not in the fact -- it rescinded a program for certain undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.