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Since our nation's earliest days, newcomers to America's shores have found freedom, refuge, and opportunity, and still today Texans hold in our hearts the millions of people worldwide seeking a safe place to call home.

Here in Texas, the Health and Human Services Commission administers federally funded refugee assistance through the Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs Program (OIRA). The goal of the program is to help participants become self-sufficient as soon as possible...

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Since our nation's earliest days, newcomers to America's shores have found freedom, refuge, and opportunity, and still today Texans hold in our hearts the millions of people worldwide seeking a safe place to call home.

Here in Texas, the Health and Human Services Commission administers federally funded refugee assistance through the Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs Program (OIRA). The goal of the program is to help participants become self-sufficient as soon as possible after their arrival in the United States. The strategy to meet this goal is to provide cash, medical and social services to refugees to supplement and enhance initial refugee resettlement and placement in Texas.

Refugees are persons living outside their country of origin who cannot return to their homes due to fear of persecution based on their race, religion, or membership in a particular social/political group. At the beginning of each federal fiscal year, the President - in coordination with the Department of State and the United Nations High Commission on Refugees – determines the number and nationalities of refugee arrivals to the United States. OIRA provides benefits for eligible refugees, individuals granted asylum, and victims of severe forms of trafficking. 

 

 


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Event Date: 
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

At Monday's interfaith vigil for refugees, held at First English Lutheran Church in Austin, hundreds packed the sanctuary and spilled out onto the sidewalk. Texas impact board members Simone Talma-Flowers and Rev. Krystal Leedy both spoke. Refugee families and service providers expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love and support they are receiving. 

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Wondering what you can do to advocate for refugee resettlement? Our friends at Refugee Services of Texas compiled a great list of things that you and your congregation can do to make America welcoming again. 

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“What Limits Does Faith Place on Love?”

Updated with new faith leader statements.

Update: Watch the archived press conference on Youtube.

 Leaders of the interfaith organization Texas Impact today issued the following statement protesting the decision of state policymakers to withdraw from Texas’ longstanding participation in the federal Refugee Resettlement Program.

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On Monday, January 11, seventeen interfaith clergy and religious leaders filed an amici curiae brief in support of refugee resettlement organizations in a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas to block Syrian refugee resettlement in the state. They write, in part:

On December 15, the House Committee on Human Services heard invited testimony from DPS Director Steven McCraw, HHSC Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor, and Heather Reynolds, President and CEO of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Fort Worth.



You can watch several clips from the hearing below.


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On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services held a public hearing regarding proposed Rule 40 that would allow the private detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley, Texas to be state-licensed child care providers.

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On Tuesday, December 15th, the House Committee on Human Services will receive an update on the Governor’s directive regarding Syrian refugee settlement. 

Watch the hearing here

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Want information on the screening process for refugees entering the United States?  Our national friends at ELCA Advocacy and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) provided the following information on Refugee Resettlement in the United States and the Security Screening of Refugees Admitted to the Un

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