NCC asks US to lift quota on refugees

WASHINGTON (BNG) — The National Council of Churches (NCC), an ecumenical gathering of 37 member communions representing 45 million Americans, joined a call Sept. 14 urging President Barack Obama to increase Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States.

NCC endorsed a call by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the nation’s second largest refugee resettlement agency, for the U.S. government to open its borders to 100,000 Syrian refugees this coming fiscal year.

The ministry website offers a template for emailing President Obama about accepting recommendations of the Refugee Council USA to increase the nation’s annual ceiling for refugee admissions in response to the largest force migration since World War II.

The NCC called upon churches in Europe, the U.S. and around the world “to join in resettling refugees in their cities, towns, and villages, welcoming the stranger as our faith demands.”

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