We are witnessing the greatest displacement of people in recent history—over 65 million. Refugees entering the United States are fleeing persecution and great violence, not perpetuating it. Every refugee who enters the United States has gone through an extensive, up-to-two-year screening process through the United Nations and the United States government. This is the most vetted group of people that enters the country.
We know that terrorism does not discriminate—Christians, Muslims, and other religious minorities are all victims of ISIS. As Christians, we are called to advocate for the orphan, the widow, and the stranger who comes to live among us. The situation in Syria is not improving—we’ve all heard of the devastation of Aleppo, especially the impact the violence has had on children. We have an opportunity to use our Christian identity of welcoming the stranger and advocating for the most vulnerable by urging Congress to increase funding for refugee resettlement and to honor our commitment of resettling 110,000 refugees, an applauded increase from 85,000 in FY 2016. Together, we can make clear to Congress that Christians all across the US support refugees and welcome them into our communities.