Press Releases

Restart, Expansion of Inhumane ‘Remain in Mexico’ a Critical Misstep for U.S. Immigration

December 2, 2021

Washington, D.C.—CWS today decried the Biden administration’s reinstatement and expansion of the inhumane “Migrant Protection Protocols.” Known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, the program forces people seeking asylum to await their U.S. court dates in dangerous conditions in northern Mexico. Under the program thousands have experienced violence and persecution upon their return to Mexico, either from the very danger …

On Giving Tuesday, Church World Service Celebrates the Launch of Light the World Giving Machines

November 30, 2021

New York City — Church World Service today celebrates the launch of the annual Light the World Giving Machines. The campaign encourages communities to visit vending machines around the United States and buy gifts that will support neighbors in communities globally. The launch, which coincides with Giving Tuesday, marks the beginning of a campaign that offers holiday shoppers the chance …

CWS on the Conviction of the Murderers of Ahmaud Arbery

November 24, 2021

Washington, D.C.— In response to today’s conviction of Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. in the murder trial of Ahmaud Arbery, Revered Reuben Eckels, Domestic Policy Advocate at Church World Service, issued the following statement: “Today, our nation reflects on the long train of abuses against black and brown people as a fair and impartial …

House Passage of Build Back Better Act Makes Progress on Immigration, Climate Change, Housing, Equity, but More Remains to be Done

November 19, 2021

Washington, D.C.—CWS today applauded passage of the Build Back Better Act in the House of Representatives. The legislation, which now will move to the Senate for a vote, contains significant investments for our communities, our families, and our neighbors. The bill also includes immigration protection, including work authorization, access to certain benefits, and deportation protections for an estimated 7.1 million …

On Anniversary of Hurricanes Eta and Iota CWS Calls for Temporary Protected Status for Impacted Nations

November 17, 2021

Washington, D.C.—CWS today marked the one-year anniversaries of Hurricanes Eta and Iota which devastated much of Central America by calling on the Biden Administration to redesignate El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras, and to designate Guatemala, for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The organization notes that in the time since the hurricanes, vital infrastructure in the countries remains broken, hundreds of thousands …