By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post.
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has likened the influx of Syrian migrants into the U.S. to a coup, claiming that migrants “could be ISIS.” However, in a recent open letter to Trump — who considers himself a Presbyterian — Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of the General Assembly, declared the church’s compassion and support for displaced migrants.
“Presbyterians through decades of policy have demanded humane treatment of people of all nationalities and faiths who find themselves within our borders,” wrote Parsons.
Parsons also wrote to Trump about how PCUSA has ties to mission work in Middle Eastern countries like Syria, giving them a good understanding of the root causes of the recent wave of immigration from the region.
“Knowing our Lord was once a refugee, faithful Presbyterians have been writing Church policy urging the welcome of refugees and demanding higher annual admissions into the United States since the refugee crisis of World War II,” continued Parsons.
“Our relationship with people of faith and communities in these countries gives us knowledge of the root causes of the flight of refugees and further cements a commitment to welcome.”
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