Evangelical leaders, including some who are usually friendly with the administration, are urging President Donald Trump to stop plans to cut the number of refugees allowed into the United States.
These leaders made a last-ditch effort Tuesday to encourage the administration to reinvigorate the U.S. refugee resettlement program as a White House meeting was scheduled to discuss a decrease in the limit on refugees allowed to resettle in the U.S.
A prominent proponent of the Trump administration’s socially conservative policies, evangelical activist Tony Perkins, voiced alarm about reported plans to possibly “zero out” the U.S. refugee resettlement program for the fiscal year 2020.
Perkins, the outspoken president of the social conservative lobbying group Family Research Council and an advocate for religious freedom, had not been publicly vocal in his opposition to the Trump administration’s historic cuts to the U.S. refugee resettlement program over the last two years.
But on Tuesday, the Baptist pastor issued a statement through his capacity as chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a congressionally mandated bipartisan body tasked with monitoring religious freedom concerns worldwide.
“USCIRF is alarmed by reports that the administration is preparing to significantly reduce or even zero out, the number of refugees to be resettled to the United States in FY 2020,” Perkins said in his statement. “We strongly urge the administration to extend its admirable commitment to advancing religious freedom to its refugee resettlement policy.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith