President Trump's immigration orders draw diverse reaction

 
President Trump's immigration policy has drawn renewed focus among Baptists, with reactions to his March 6 executive order emerging and criticism of two previous executive orders voiced by a coalition of Hispanic pastors. Trump's March 6 executive order revoked a Jan. 27 order on immigration that proved controversial and was blocked by federal courts. The new order, which would take effect March 16, imposes a 90-day "pause" on entry to the U.S. by nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen—...

Open letter from evangelicals: Refugee ban 'deeply' concerning

 
A full-page ad in the Feb. 8 Washington Post expressing concern over a portion of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration included the signatures of at least seven Southern Baptists among a coalition of some 100 evangelicals. Two of the signatories—former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin—told Baptist Press their signatures reflect a specific policy disagreement and not a blanket repudiation of the president's approach to immigration. The ad ...

Trump's immigration order sparks biblical analysis

 
With President Trump's travel ban from seven predominately-Muslim countries on hold at least temporarily, some Christians are evaluating biblical teaching on immigration and refugees. On one side of the debate, the National Association of Evangelicals' World Relief arm is helping to draft a letter signed by hundreds of pastors asking Trump to rethink the travel ban. Other Christians have emphasized the need for stringent border security along with compassion toward immigrants and refugees. Trump's order was temporarily blocked Feb. 3 in ...

President Trump's immigration order draws protests, support

 
Following President Trump's executive order temporarily limiting travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, Southern Baptists reasserted their commitment to seek a balance between compassion and national security in immigration policy. Among Southern Baptist leaders to respond to Trump's order and ensuing protests across America were Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore, Executive Committee President Frank S. Page and former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright. Also weighing in on the controversy were pastor Robert Jeffress of Dallas, a vocal ...

Here's what we can do while debate rages over refugee policy

 
Persecution against Christians is ranked "extreme" and "severe" in the seven countries whose residents President Donald Trump's recent executive order on immigration has temporarily banned from entry into the United States, based on 2017 rankings by the nonprofit Open Doors USA. Six of the countries—Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen—are ranked in the top 10 nations where persecution of Christians is highest, with Libya ranked 11th, according to Open Doors' 2017 World Watch List. Upon the release of the ...