Evangelical leaders buy ad denouncing Trump refugee ban

Evangelical leaders buy ad denouncing Trump refugee ban
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A group of 100 evangelical leaders will call on President Trump in a full-page newspaper ad to support refugees in the wake of his order barring refugees and people from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

The ad, scheduled to run in The Washington Post, is signed by 100 evangelical pastors and authors, including at least one from all 50 states, CNN reported.

It urges the president and Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceSome WH aides anxious over Russia probe despite reassurances from Trump lawyer: report Paul Krugman unwittingly fulfills fiscal fantasies for Republicans Ex-Pence aide on Rosie: She promised to leave US if Trump won and she's still here MORE to support refugees and expresses concern about the impacts of the president's executive order.

"As Christian pastors and leaders, we are deeply concerned by the recently announced moratorium on refugee resettlement," the evangelicals' advertisement says.
 
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"As Christians, we have a historic call expressed over two thousand years, to serve the suffering. We cannot abandon this call now."
 
The evangelical leaders acknowledge the world is dangerous, adding that they "affirm the crucial role of government in protecting us from harm and in setting in terms on refugee admissions."
 
"However, compassion and security can coexist, as they have for decades," the ad says. "For the persecuted and suffering, every day matters; every delay is a crushing blow to hope."
 
"While we are eager to welcome persecuted Christians, we also welcome vulnerable Muslims and people of other faiths or no faith at all," the ad says.
 
The leaders say in the ad that Trump's executive order reducing the overall number of refugees admitted to the U.S. this year robs "families of hope and a future" and "could well cost them their lives."
 
"As Christians, we are committed to praying for our elected officials," the ad says.
 
"Our prayer is that God would grant President Trump and all our leaders divine wisdom as they direct the course of our nation. We also pray for the vulnerable individuals whom their decisions directly impact."
 
The president's order had faced backlash from lawmakers and has spurred protests across the country. The president and his team have said it is necessary to keep the country safe.
 
On Tuesday, federal judges grilled lawyers on both sides of the president's immigration order as they weighed whether the order should be reinstated.

The San Francisco-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is debating whether it should lift a temporary restraining order freezing Trump's travel ban while other lawsuits challenging the order's constitutionality proceed.