Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has likened the influx of Syrian migrants into the U.S. to a coup, claiming that migrants "could be ISIS." However, in a recent open letter to Trump — who considers himself a Presbyterian — Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of the General Assembly, declared the church's compassion and support for displaced migrants.
"Presbyterians through decades of policy have demanded humane treatment of people of all nationalities and faiths who find themselves within our borders," wrote Parsons.
"We have challenged our government when it neglects to acknowledge the refugee status of those fleeing persecution. We have pushed for due process at the border and we continue to petition for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented persons." more >>
"We are a country belonging to a Christian culture."
"Christian culture" ought to be a major concern as European Union justice and interior ministers come together in a special session September 22 to discuss the immigration crisis rumbling their nations. Almost certainly it won't be.
Margus Tsahnka, who spoke those politically incorrect words, is not likely to get a Nobel Peace Prize, or be invited to the Oval Office. Tsahnka is minister of social affairs in Estonia, whose primary city, Tallinn, which I have visited, is one of the world's jewels of historic preservation. Estonia is on the Baltic, and, with Latvia and Lithuania, struggles to fend off Putin's tentacles threatening to pull it back into some form of the old Soviet empire. more >>
As the presidential primary season begins, candidates are looking for ways to stand out. Competing for the harshest rhetoric on immigration seems, sadly, to have become the preferred strategy for several candidates.
After Donald Trump dominated media attention with his immigration policy proposal — calling for mass deportation of all undocumented immigrants, a border wall to be paid for by the Mexican government, a moratorium on legal migration of immigrant workers, and an end to the 14th Amendment's provision of birthright citizenship — several other candidates have attempted to join him in the spotlight by announcing that they, too, support elements of this plan.
We believe candidates who seek to advance their campaigns by denigrating immigrants and proposing unworkable policies are making a grave mistake, both morally and politically. more >>
Germany is willing to shell out €6 billion ($6.7 billion) to deal with the existing migrant crisis this year, the ruling coalition announced.
Based on the coalition's announcement, Germany will distribute €6 billion ($3.35 billion) that the state and local governments will use to house the 800,000 migrants that Germany is expecting this year. The central government is also planning to release another €6 billion ($3.35 billion) to pay for the benefits and other expenses of the newcomers, according to The Guardian.
Aside from that, other leaders agreed to implement other actions to help deal with the migrant crisis. Among these measures are the construction of houses and expediting asylum procedures, NBC News reports. more >>
Thousands of refugees are still flooding into Germany after exiting from Hungary, where they were detained for days.
The European Union (EU) leaders are now weighing their actions amid the influx of refugees, most of them are from Syria. The EU governments are divided on how to deal with the entry of thousands of asylum-seekers from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and some of the nations have been labeled as anti-Muslim or antimigrant, according to Today's Zaman.
On Saturday, 6,800 refugees entered Germany with around 5,000 coming in on Sunday, based on estimates by Bavarian state officials. While Germany is expecting 800,000 migrants this year alone, the country has encouraged other EU members to also welcome the asylum-seekers. However, other members want to focus on dealing with the violence in the Middle East, as they say this has forced the refugees to leave their homes, the report relays. more >>
Pope Francis on Sunday has called on all Catholics in Europe to house at least one refugee family to help provide shelter to the tens of thousands of Syrians seeking asylum.
The Pope's call comes as thousands of Syrians who were stuck in Hungary for days rushed into Germany and Austria. A few volunteers have begun opening their homes to these refugees, but some Germans are wondering about their country's capacity to house asylum-seekers, according to The Washington Post.
Europe is now struggling to deal with the biggest wave of refugees since the 1990s, and most of them are Muslims fleeing Syria, Iraq, and other countries. While anti-migrant European leaders have used religion as their main argument for this situation, Pope Francis has released an opinion that negates their views, the report details. more >>