Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries responds to judges’ actions to block Trump’s travel ban

[Episcopal Migration Ministries] The Rev. E. Mark Stevenson, director of Episcopal Migration Ministries, issued the following statement in response to two federal judges’ actions to block President Donald Trump’s travel ban limiting entry to people from six Muslim countries: 

On behalf of Episcopal Migration Ministries, I give thanks that the courts have once again acted in defense of refugees and immigrants by restraining the implementation of the recent executive order to ban certain nationalities, cultures and religions from entering this country. Refugees, in particular, are among the most vulnerable children, women and men in the world, and the actions sought against them would have been yet more persecution in their already violence-ridden lives. We recognize that the struggle to walk the moral path is far from over, but for today we rejoice that America will continue to welcome those in great need to a place of safety and opportunity.

 Episcopal Migration Ministries strives to live into the divine callings of loving our neighbor and welcoming the stranger. I pray that hearts and minds will be opened all across this land to the plight of refugee so that as a nation we might be known as a place of fulfilled hope for those who have been forced to flee from their homes for fear of their lives.

“’Lord, when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you…?’ ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.’” (Matthew 25:38,40)

The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson
Director, Episcopal Migration Ministries



  1. Kendall Wallin says:

    You have crossed the line. Stay out of politics!! Are you trying to drive people away!

    • The Revd Sarah V. Lewis says:

      In the last of the 5 promises in our Baptismal Covenant we say that we will, with God’s help, “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” I see nothing that says that doing this is to be confined within the walls of the Church.
      The United States Constitution was written with the intention that no single religion would be imposed on all of its citizens. All religions would be welcome, with none favored. The current policies seem to favor the religions of fear and hatred. These are neither rational nor charitable responses to people who are “yearning to breathe free.” Since when was Lady Liberty transformed into Venus de Milo?

  2. Dianne Aid says:

    Our work with immigrants, refugees and sanctuary are all deeply rooted in scripture. Thank you Mark for this statement.

  3. Jawaharlal Prasad says:

    This is a country built on immigrants and so far has been welcoming of others. The country has benefitted from this policy rooted in scripture.

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