Migration, Refugees & Immigration

The Episcopal Church seeks to address issues of global migration and their root causes as the number of displaced people surpasses 70 million worldwide. We work to protect the human rights and safety of refugees by supporting the refugee resettlement work of Episcopal Migration Ministries. Further, we are committed to advocating for humane immigration policies that respect the dignity and worth of every human being and for comprehensive immigration reform.

Begin your advocacy with this Overview of Advocacy on Refugee and Immigration Issues, then scroll down for more specific issue areas. 

On COVID-19
Watch: Immigrant Detention during COVID-19: Prophetic Action & Compassionate Response, with Episcopal Migration Ministries
Statements:

Sign-on Letter: Refugee-related requests for future COVID-19 legislation

More on COVID-19

Love God, Love Neighbor: Episcopal Month of Action

Register: In the month of June, join us for a series of webinars to learn and advocate with and on behalf of immigrants, DACA recipients, refugees, and asylum seekers.
Watch: Episcopal Action on DACA
Act: DACA Action Toolkit
Pray: A Litany for Episcopal Action on DACA
Write Congress: Support Protection of Dreamers!

Take action: Support Immigrant Agricultural Workers!

Faith in Action: Supporting Immigrants

More Resources and Chances for Action

Learn, donate, advocate, and share the resources below. 

WATCH: Immigration Policy Update with Episcopal Migration Ministries, January 2020

Diocesan Opportunities to Engage

 

Maintaining Access to Asylum and Protecting Family Unity

The Episcopal Church supports access to asylum (protection granted by a nation) and family unity as key parts of our humanitarian protection system. Learn more about how to take action to defend access to asylum and to stop families from being separated.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

TPS offers protection for hundreds of thousands of individuals who had to flee or were unable to return to their home countries due to natural disasters or armed conflict. TPS folders are authorized to work in the U.S. and protected from deportation. Learn how to advocate for a solution for TPS holders.

Resources

Support the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019!

Take action to support TPS, DED recipients, and Dreamers!

Resources Developed by Partners

Map of Countries with Temporary Protected Status

Dreamers and Advancing Immigration Reform

The Episcopal Church supports Dreamers, immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, and recognizes them as part of our churches, communities, and part of our nation. Learn how to advocate for a legislative solution that would allow Dreamers and their families to obtain permanent status in the U.S. to continue contributing to our society, culture and economy.

 

Refugee Resettlement and Protection

We have long supported a robust refugee resettlement program for those who have fled their native countries to escape persecution, oppression, and war. Through The Episcopal Church’s resettlement agency Episcopal Migration Ministries, refugees are resettled to the U.S. and make a new life here with the support of the communities that welcome them. Learn how you can help continue this tradition of welcoming refugees to new homes in the U.S. and to advancing peacemaking and protection for refugees around the world. 

"Support Refugees" from Episcopal Migration Ministries

Episcopal Migration Ministries

The refugee resettlement agency operated by The Episcopal Church works in partnership with the U.S. government to support refugees, immigrants, and the communities that embrace them by offering a wide variety of programs and services as part of its ministry.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's World Refugee Day message 2019

Hometown podcast: Check it out in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, or SoundCloud, and on their website.

Host a "Refugee Sunday" in your parish

Make a donatation to Episcopal Migration Ministries

 

Get to Know a Refugee: Sowdos' Story

Sign up for Partners in Welcome

A network of individuals, groups, and organizations coming together to build a community of support and solidarity for welcoming newcomers to our country. Submit your membership application today!

 

Ongoing Work

Immigration is a complex and multifaceted issue with far-reaching impacts for our families, communities, local economies, national security, and the role of the U.S. in the world.. Due to the array of policies and laws that make up the U.S. immigration system, as well as the unexpected and new root causes of migration like natural disasters and conflict, we will highlight other immigration issues that require our attention as they come up, which are distinct from the other areas of advocacy listed above.

Sanctuary 

Learn how you and your congregation can be a part of the Sanctuary Movement 

Public Charge

While the period for public comment on the proposed changes to public charge has ended, here are the statements and resources we shared on the issue.

The Episcopal Church Responds to Harmful Changes on Public Charge Determination

The Episcopal Church is deeply concerned by this proposed rule significantly altering the public charge determination, which will have lasting negative impacts on the health and dignity of large numbers of immigrants providing for themselves and their families. The rule would essentially force immigrants to do the impossible: to choose between utilizing public benefits they and their children may need, such as food assistance and health care, and obtaining permanent legal status in the United States in order to keep their family together long-term.

As a Church, we must support parents who want to provide for their children and keep families together. Our faith calls us to help the strangers in our midst by ensuring that we provide basic assistance to our neighbors irrespective of their immigration status. This extreme and unprecedented measure is not aligned with our Church’s commitment to supporting compassionate and reasonable immigration policies, nor our commitment to help the most vulnerable among us.