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Lutheran Refugee Service Presses for Mmore Refugee Admissions
Letter to the Editor, Immigration Daily | October 21, 2003 | Meg Arenberg, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Posted on 10/23/2003 1:26:32 PM PDT by holyscroller

Dear Editor:

The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service issued the following news release.

President Bush signed the fiscal year 2004 presidential determination on refugee admissions October 21, setting the target for admissions of refugees at 70,000, of which 50,000 are allocated to specific geographic regions as follows: Africa-25,000; East Asia-6,500; Europe and Central Asia-13,000; Latin America/Caribbean-3,500; Near East/South Asia-2,000. "A refugee admissions level of 70,000 for FY2004 is good news!" said Ralston H. Deffenbaugh Jr, president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS).

"Fortunately, low refugee arrival numbers in FY2003 did not change future US commitment to the refugee resettlement program." The United States admitted 28,422 refugees last year. "Numbers in the last quarter of FY2003 showed an upswing. We know that there are active efforts on behalf of Somali Bantus in Kenya, Liberians in West Africa and Colombians in Latin America.

We urge that these efforts continue as well as reaching out to others for whom resettlement will provide a new beginning. Among them are Burmese in Thailand and India and Bhutanese I recently saw first hand in Nepal. And refugees in many countries need to be reunited with close family members already in the US so families are not separated any longer than absolutely necessary.

"We support the administration's efforts and pledge to do everything we can to get US resettlement back on track so we as a nation can use the resources we have to bring new hope and new life to those overseas who have no other durable solution."

Meg Arenberg Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: lutherans; refugees
I wish the Lutherans would stick to soul winning instead of pressing for more uneducated undesirables in the U.S. Frankly I'd rather pay to send a handful of missionaries to these "refugees" in their own countries, than bring the refugees here and support them the rest of their lives. (And frankly I seriously doubt that many of these refugees will accept Christ and become Lutherans.So why is the Lutheran denomination dabbling in immigration and refugee issues?)
1 posted on 10/23/2003 1:26:34 PM PDT by holyscroller
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To: FITZ; Tancredo Fan; janetgreen
Apologies if I've offended any Lutherans, I just don't think this is the business of the church, ANY church.
2 posted on 10/23/2003 1:28:04 PM PDT by holyscroller
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To: holyscroller
Yeah, yeah, yeah....

Insurance agents tell you to buy more insurance.

Doctors tell you to have regular checkups.

Lawyers tell you to call them if you've been injured.

What did you expect?
3 posted on 10/23/2003 1:43:18 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: holyscroller
This orgabization is about as Lutheran as the Catholics for Choice outfit is Catholic.
4 posted on 10/23/2003 1:59:12 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky
Whose idea was it to put the b key next to the n key, anyway?
5 posted on 10/23/2003 2:01:02 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: proxy_user
You got it. This agency gets paid, probably by the "refugee", to run "refugee" programs. Little wonder they want more business.

The quotation marks are because I'd say that 95 percent of people entering this country under refugee status, or who receive "asylum" when already here illegally, are in fact economic migrants, or family-unification immigrants. It is common knowledge that the US refugee program is basically a back-door immigration scheme. There are people living comfortably in Western Europe for years who get U.S. refugee status.

6 posted on 10/23/2003 4:24:04 PM PDT by dagnabbit (Stop Jorge's Matricula Stealth Amnesty and Merger with Mexico)
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