Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Information on Refugees

The North Texas Conference hosted a Dec. 8 information meeting on refugees featuring Refugee Services of Texas. Some 100 people -- about 5 times the expected attendance -- filled the main meeting room. Rev. Nancy DeStefano, Lay Leader Keith Fulenwider and communications chair Cynthia Astle represented St. Stephen UMC. Participants asked really good, relevant questions, and many were eager to give political pushback in Texas to the anti-refugee movement.

There were many details about the reality of today's refugee crisis worldwide, but here are some brief facts:

1) A refugee is defined as a person who must leave his or her country because of immediate persecution or threat of harm. By U.S. law, immigrants and refugees have two completely different statuses, and they go through different processes.

2) There are some 60 million refugees worldwide at this moment. That's 1 displaced person for every 122 humans.

3) Of that 60 million, the United States expects to take in around 70,000 refugees this year.

4) Of those 70,000 refugees coming to the United States, most have endured a TWO-YEAR-long vetting process.

5) Of those 70,000 refugees coming this year, only around 2,000 of them are Syrians, all of whom are coming from U.N. refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

Our Christmas Eve offering will be used to aid refugees. More detailed information on the Outreach opportunities with Dallas-area refugees will be shared after the holidays.

One last thing to remember as we approach Christmas: Joseph, Mary and Jesus were refugees, too.

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