Since we began resettling refugees in 1979, World Relief Sacramento has partnered with the local Church, volunteers, businesses, and the rest of the community to welcome and integrate refugees into the United States. The expected cutbacks to U.S. refugee programs and funding will compromise our ability to do this work and the infrastructure needed to serve refugees in the years to come. You can make a difference.
Keep Our Doors Open
Budget cutbacks will severely compromise the programs in place to successfully welcome refugees. World Relief Sacramento has a decades-old commitment to resettlement and a wealth of expertise and connections that are now at stake. Your support right now is vital to ensuring that we will able to welcome refugees for years to come.
We invite you to build WELCOME KITS for the homes of our incoming refugee families. This is a tangible way to provide various necessities for our new neighbors.
While governmental policy may change, our commitment to standing alongside the persecuted, displaced, and vulnerable remains firm—but we need your help.
Let Them In
Welcoming refugees is a strong American tradition, and refugees bring cultural vibrancy, family values, and economic vitality to the communities where they are welcomed. You can make a difference by making your voice heard. Join the bi-partisan campaign to let our leaders know that we welcome refugees.
Sacramento has one of the largest refugee communities in the country, resettling hundreds of families from Iraq and Afghanistan. Khaleel is one of our very own Iraqi caseworker's here in Sacramento and we are truly grateful for his hard work in our office. Read more about his story here:
Who are refugees? According to the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugees, a refugee is someone who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.” This definition does not include people who have fled economic hardship or are victims of natural disasters. These individuals are often deserving of humanitarian assistance, and may be admitted to the United States as immigrants, but they are not refugees.
This administrations' actions compounds a human tragedy at this time of the greatest refugee crisis in human history, and leaves far too many people in desperate circumstances, and far too many families separated. At World Relief, 70% of our refugee cases involved the reunification of families torn apart by war and violence. The action keeps families apart.
Four months is an excessive time to verify or augment the already robust security and vetting processes in place for refugees entering the US. We call on the administration and the Department of Homeland Security to complete this process more quickly so that families can be reunited and we can show the compassion on which the United States has been built.
A significant share of refugees admitted to the U.S. from the Middle East—including 35% admitted from Middle Eastern countries over the past decade—have been Christians, and these persecuted believers, some of whom are facing what the U.S. State Department has labeled as genocide, will be shut out under this new policy. Christians and religious minorities are already a much higher percentage in the refugee population, as many as 5 time the number, over the percentage in the general population from the countries affected by this ban. Furthermore, we fear this new policy could unintentionally fuel extremist sentiments against Christians and other religious minorities within these regions.
The decision to restrict all entry of refugees and other immigrants from these particular regions contradicts the American tradition of welcoming families who come to the United States to start their lives again in safety and dignity. The American people—most of whom can trace their own families’ stories through a similar immigrant journey in search of freedom—are a hospitable people.
As an evangelical Christian organization, biblical teachings are our top authority. The Scriptures are replete with God’s commands to his people to love, welcome, and seek justice for refugees and other immigrants. Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan—a man whom Jesus presents as the model of neighborly love when he provides assistance to a person in need of a different religious tradition—is our standard. This new announcement clashes with these biblical values, which are an important authority for many Americans.
We are committed to praying for President Trump and his administration as they consider these and other vital decisions that will impact the lives of millions of vulnerable people, both within the United States and abroad.
As we have done with the past six presidential administrations, World Relief is eager to work with the Trump Administration to ensure that the proud American tradition of resettling refugees from around the world continues. While governmental policy may change, our commitment to standing alongside the persecuted, displaced, and vulnerable remains firm.