Policy Statements

CWS Statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security pertaining to its hearing Immigration Benefits Vetting: Examining Critical Weaknesses in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Systems

March 16, 2017

As a 71-year old humanitarian organization representing 37 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox communions and 34 refugee resettlement offices across the country, Church World Service urges the Committee to affirm the importance of the current U.S. refugee resettlement program, which has the most robust national security and screening procedures in the world, and uphold robust protections […]

CWS Statement on Tillerson Nomination

January 6, 2017

CWS Statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Pertaining to the Nomination of Rex W. Tillerson for Secretary of State January 11, 2017 As a 71-year old humanitarian organization representing 37 Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox communions and 36 refugee resettlement offices across the country, Church World Service urges the committee to affirm the importance […]

CWS Statement on General Kelly Nomination

CWS Statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Pertaining to the Nomination of General John Kelly for Secretary of Homeland Security January 11, 2017 As an ecumenical organization representing 37 Protestant member communions, Church World Service urges the committee to emphasize the importance of access to protection for refugees and asylum […]

CWS Statement on Senator Sessions Nomination

CWS Statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Pertaining to the Nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General January 10 – 11, 2017 As a 71-year old humanitarian organization representing 37 Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox communions and 36 refugee resettlement offices across the country, Church World Service urges all Senators to […]

CWS Denounces DHS Policy to Detain and Deport Haitian Earthquake Survivors

September 23, 2016

Church World Service (CWS) denounces the Obama Administration’s recent announcement that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will deport Haitians seeking safety in the United States. As a 70-year old humanitarian organization representing 37 Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox communions and 33 refugee resettlement offices across the country, CWS urges the Administration to affirm the need for […]

CWS Applauds Expansion of Central American Refugee Protection Programs

July 26, 2016

Following months of advocacy efforts from Church World Service and partners to bring attention to the escalating humanitarian crisis in Central America, the Department of Homeland Security announced the expansion of programs to protect minors and individuals fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. As an international organization committed to advocating with those fleeing violence in […]

Leading up to UN Secretary General and President Obama’s Summits on Refugees and Migrants, CWS Urges Action

July 18, 2016

On September 19, 2016, The United Nations General Assembly will, for the first time in history, hold a plenary meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants. The next day, President Obama will bring together world leaders for a summit aimed to collectively realize a 30 percent increase in humanitarian aid; a doubling of […]

CWS Strongly Supports The Refugee Protection Act of 2016 (S.3241/H.R.5851)

July 14, 2016

As a 70-year old humanitarian organization representing 37 Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox communions and 33 refugee resettlement offices across the United States, Church World Service (CWS) applauds the re-introduction of The Refugee Protection Act, and urges all members of Congress to cosponsor the bill. Refugee resettlement is a longstanding, life-saving American tradition that welcomes refugees […]

CWS Welcomes Introduction of the “Secure the Northern Triangle Act” (S.3106/H.R.5850)

July 12, 2016

As a 70-year old humanitarian organization representing 37 Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox communions and 33 refugee resettlement offices across the United States, Church World Service (CWS) welcomes the introduction of “Secure the Northern Triangle Act” (S.3106/H.R.5850). CWS applauds the provisions affirming protections for refugees, asylum seekers, human trafficking victims, and other vulnerable individuals fleeing persecution […]

CWS Denounces the Exploitation of Fear, Calls for Voices of Faith and Conscience

June 29, 2016

By Reverend John L. McCullough, President and CEO, Church World Service Recent world events have demonstrated a pressing need for people of faith and good will to make our voices heard. The majority of voters in the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union, unleashing a wave of hate crimes. Governors of U.S. […]

CWS Opposes the Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act (S.2441/H.R.4247)

May 13, 2016

As a 70-year old humanitarian organization representing 37 Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox communions and 33 refugee resettlement offices across the United States, Church World Service (CWS) urges all members of Congress to oppose the “Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act of 2016” (S.2441) and the “Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act of 2015” (H.R.4247). Both of these […]

CWS Statement Supporting H.R. 4798, the “Reuniting Families Act”

March 18, 2016

Dear Members of the United States House of Representatives, I am writing on behalf of Church World Service, a 70-year old humanitarian organization representing 37 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox communions and 33 refugee resettlement offices across the United States. As an organization concerned with the well-being of immigrant and refugee families, we urge you to […]

CWS Strongly Opposes H.R. 4731, “The Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2016”

March 15, 2016

As a 70-year old humanitarian organization representing 37 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox communions and 33 refugee resettlement offices across the United States, Church World Service (CWS) urges members of the House Judiciary Committee to oppose H.R. 4731, The Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act. Refugee resettlement is a longstanding, life-saving American tradition that has recently become […]

Religious community’s statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the Clean Power Plan

February 18, 2016

We are disappointed by last week’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision to stay the implementation of the Clean Power Plan. As religious organizations, we are deeply concerned with protecting the health and well-being of vulnerable communities and God’s Creation. The Clean Power Plan was designed to allow states the greatest flexibility in implementation, while benefiting the […]

CWS applauds Senate vote blocking anti-immigrant legislation

October 20, 2015

WASHINGTON – Church World Service and its 37 member denominations and communions applaud the Senate’s vote against S. 2146, The “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act”. Alongside dozens of religious, municipal and law enforcement groups, CWS opposed the legislation, citing concerns that it would punish localities for using proven community policing methods, criminalize immigrants, […]

Statement on House Judiciary Committee Hearing: Oversight of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

July 14, 2015

As the Committee discusses the Department of Homeland Security’s enforcement of immigration laws, Church World Service urges all Members of Congress to consider the thousands of families that have been torn apart by our nation’s broken immigration system. There is not a lack of enforcement in our policies. For decades, the United States has increased […]

CWS Statement in Opposition to Proposals that would Dismantle Trust Between Local Police and Communities

In the aftermath of the recent tragedy in San Francisco, Church World Service mourns with the family and community of Kathryn Steinle as they experience a tremendous loss. We are praying for peace and an end to senseless acts of violence that are too prevalent in this country. CWS urges all Members of the U.S. […]

Praying for Healing: Faith Community Call for Solidarity with San Francisco

July 9, 2015

Last week, the life of Kathryn Steinle was tragically cut short by a senseless act of gun violence. Today, as united members of the faith community, we offer our heartfelt condolences to Kathryn’s family and friends. We join the broader San Francisco community as we grieve, and pray for peace and healing for all who […]

Statement on Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on unaccompanied minors

July 7, 2015

As the committee discusses Central American children who are seeking safety, Church World Service urges all Senators to recognize the importance of providing individuals access to life-saving protection. Children, families, women and men are fleeing violence, gang conscription, trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Northern Triangle. In Honduras alone, murders of women and girls have […]

CWS praises announcement on U.S., Cuba embassies

July 1, 2015

The U.S. and Cuba will open embassies in their respective capitals, ending more than half a century of severed relations between the two countries. We applaud President Obama and President Castro in rightly choosing to look forward toward a future of connection, rather than stay mired in a history of isolation. CWS first worked in […]

CWS Statement Regarding Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s Statement Regarding Family Detention

June 26, 2015

Humanitarian organization Church World Service appreciates Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s recognition of the need for structural changes and reform to the immigration detention system in the United States. In his recent statement, Secretary Johnson acknowledges that individuals should not be detained for long periods of time and that after passing a credible […]

CWS statement to the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee Hearing on Syrian Refugees

June 24, 2015

Church World Service, a 69-year old humanitarian organization representing 37 Christian denominations, works to assist refugees through protection internationally and by providing resettlement services to help refugees adjust to their new lives and integrate in the United States. The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is a lifesaving, public-private partnership that helps rescue refugees who have no […]

CWS affirms importance of DAPA and DACA, urges Administration to go further

May 27, 2015

Washington – Church World Service responded with disappointment to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ denial of the Obama Administration’s stay request. The stay would have allowed the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive actions to be implemented, which have been on hold […]

CWS Statement on April 23 Hearing

April 23, 2015

CWS statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, regarding its hearing on the Central American Minors Refugee / Parole Program on Thursday, April 23, 2015 As the committee discusses the Central American Minors Affidavit of Relationship (CAM/AOR) program, Church World Service (CWS) urges all Senators to recognize the importance of providing safe avenues […]

CWS Urges Senate to Oppose Immigration Rule of Law Act

March 12, 2015

Dear Members of the United States Senate: As a humanitarian agency that brings together 37 member communions, Church World Service seeks to fulfill the call to love our neighbor and welcome the stranger by protecting refugees internationally and advocating for just immigration policies here in the United States. This is why we write to you […]

CWS Strongly Opposes Renamed Version of the SAFE Act

Church World Service, a humanitarian organization comprised of 37 member communions, strongly opposes The Michael Davis, Jr. in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act, formerly known as the “SAFE Act”, as it would harm families, communities and faith groups across this nation. CWS strives to fulfill the Biblical call to love thy neighbor […]

CWS Urges Senate to Oppose Amendments That Would Reduce Child Protection and Increase Child Statelessness

Dear Members of the United States Senate: Church World Service, a humanitarian organization comprised of 37 member communions, strongly opposes two amendments that have been offered to the S.178, The Justice for Victims of Trafficking bill: Amendment 276 sponsored by Senator Inhofe (R-OK) and Amendment 274 sponsored by Senator Vitter (R-LA). CWS urges all Senators […]

CWS Strongly Opposes Two Inappropriately Named Bills

Church World Service, a humanitarian organization comprised of 37 member communions, strongly opposes The Protection of Children Act introduced by Representative John Carter (R-TX-31) and The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT 3) and Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA 6). These bills would narrow protections for children fleeing violence and […]

CWS Statement on the Immigration Rule of Law Act

February 27, 2015

Dear Members of the United States Senate: As a humanitarian agency that brings together 37 member communions, Church World Service seeks to fulfill the call to love our neighbor and welcome the stranger by protecting refugees internationally and advocating for just immigration policies here in the United States. This is why we write to you […]

‘Reckless court decision on immigration will not stand’

February 17, 2015

WASHINGTON – Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service, issued the following statement in response to the federal court ruling in Brownsville, Texas: “A lone judge in one state does not speak for the vast majority of Americans who support our nation’s immigrant families and support the President’s broad constitutional authority to offer temporary […]

Joint Statement on a New Era in U.S.-Cuban Relations

December 18, 2014

Council of Churches of Cuba Rev. Joel Ortega Dopico and U.S. Religious Leaders Delegation Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO, Church World Service Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Rabbi Elhanan ‘Sunny’ Schnitzer, President, Cuba America Jewish Mission PEOPLE OF FAITH throughout the United States and Cuba celebrate […]

Statement on the Cuban Five and Alan Gross

November 4, 2014

Statement issued by: Joint delegation of American Religious Leaders and Cuban Council of Churches Location: Headquarters, Cuban Council of Churches Havana, Cuba November 4, 2014 Today November 4th, a united call was issued for the humanitarian release of the Cuban 5 and the American Alan Gross. The call was issued by the Cuban Council of […]

CWS Issues Statement on Israel-Palestine Conflict

July 23, 2014

As a faith-based agency working around the world to eliminate hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice, Church World Service expresses profound sorrow at the military operations taking place in the Israel – Palestine conflict.  We condemn both Hamas militants’ practice of firing rockets into Israel, and Israel’s bombardment of homes, hospitals and other […]

CWS Statement on Pearce-O’Rourke Bill

April 9, 2014

Church World Service (CWS) welcomes Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s (D-TX) recent introduction of the bipartisan Border Enforcement, Accountability, Oversight, and Community Engagement Act, H.R. 4303. This legislation responds to the needs of border communities by increasing transparency, opportunities for community input, and training for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials. H.R. […]

CWS Statement on Discharge Petition

March 26, 2014

Church World Service applauds Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for filing a discharge petition to bring immigration reform to the floor of the House for a vote. This move signals a strong commitment to reform and a refusal to allow our legislative process be held hostage by a minority of representatives who are disregarding public demand […]

CWS Statement on House of Representatives’ Anti-Immigrant Legislation

March 20, 2014

Church World Service (CWS) is strongly opposed to two anti-immigrant bills recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 4138, The Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law Act (ENFORCE Act) and H.R. 3973, The Faithful Execution of the Law Act both passed the House of Representatives last week. […]

CWS Statement on President Obama’s Call for Review of Deportation Policies

Church World Service (CWS) welcomes President Obama’s call for a review of deportation policies, and urges the administration to use its authority to suspend deportations and allow all undocumented immigrants to apply for deferred action. Last week, the President expressed “deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from […]

Statement from CWS on the Corker-Hoeven Amendment

June 24, 2013

As the Senate moves toward final passage of the bipartisan immigration reform bill S. 744, CWS urges all Senators to support this effort to improve the lives of our immigrant brothers and sisters. CWS supports this historic effort, as S.744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, would create a pathway to citizenship […]

CWS statement on the House Judiciary Committee Hearing

February 5, 2013

As a 67 year old humanitarian organization, Church World Service welcomes newcomers by helping them integrate into their new communities. Our member denominations and refugee resettlement offices know first-hand the impact that our broken immigration system has had on communities. It is from this lens that we approach immigration policy issues, including today’s hearing, “America’s […]

Church World Service Statement on H.R. 6429

November 29, 2012

UPDATE: On Friday, November 30, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the STEM Jobs Act. However, the bill cannot become law until the Senate passes it as well. Should the U.S. Senate consider this bill, CWS will send information on how to take action to oppose this bill. Sign up for our Speak […]