Kingdom Mission Society (KMS) urges our supporters to regularly weigh in on policy questions that impact Racial Reconciliation, Christian Persecution, and Refugees, as well as other Special Focuses. We believe that engaging with these issues practically helps encourage citizenship and furthers dialogue both between supporters and policy makers but also more broadly encourages dialogue among Christians.
The aim of our advocacy is education and is meant to help Christians understand issues that impact our areas of concern as a society.
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Here are our focuses for February & March 2017
Special Focus–Immigration Enforcement
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is tasked with enforcing our nation’s immigration laws. KMS believes that every nation has the right to enforce its own immigration laws and that those laws should be applied with prudence, taking into account human dignity while preserving security for all.
Recently the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued guidelines which are intended to guide ICE in their enforcement (click here). The guidelines include an increased focus on enforcing all of America’s existing immigration laws, which include being able to deport undocumented persons of any kind.
As a federal agency, ICE can act as a police force in an enforcement situation. ICE may or may not be working with your local police agency in this work. We are encouraging KMS supporters who are concerned about these guidelines and how they are applied, or are interested in knowing what might be happening locally to call your local police station and ask what their policy is in terms of working with ICE and more generally how they handle undocumented immigrants who do not have a history of criminal behavior.
Special Focus– Medicaid and Healthcare Reform
We believe that fiscally prudent policy around healthcare is important but forthcoming changes should consider and minimize negative impacts to the poor and disabled.
The U.S. Congress is gearing up to replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act. Please contact your U.S. House Members (here) and Senators (here) and urge that they do all they can to improve Medicaid services especially for those who have received Medicaid under the recent expansion.
Ask your House of Representatives Member to become a Sponsor of H.R. 5961 the Iraq and Syria “Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2016” (note the bill will have a new number shortly). This bill would authorize that evidence be collected for the genocidal acts that took place in Iraq and Syria during Iraq since January 2014 and Syria since March 2011. Click here for a list of members.
With the Refugee program severely curtailed and U.S. agencies laying off staff as uncertainty begins to sink in on the program contact your U.S. House Members (here) and Senators (here)and urge them to support and strengthen the U.S. Refugee Program.