The following statement was approved at the 175th Stated Meeting–

The Presbytery of East Iowa adopts the following statement as an expression of our witness as Presbyterians in eastern Iowa to follow the prophetic voice of Micah to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God in servant leadership within the realm of God:

Whereas, the President of the United States, by Executive Order on January 27, 2017 has suspended visas or restricted entry for Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen (in essence banning the majority of Muslim Refugees) entering into the United States, which serves to further harm those who are the very victims of terrorism, genocide, religious and gender-based persecution, and civil war;

And whereas, this suspension contradicts the very foundations of our biblical faith to welcome the stranger and give safe haven to the refugee;

And whereas, Jesus himself, with his family, began life as a refugee;

Be it resolved, the Presbytery of East Iowa, of the Presbyterian Church (USA), meeting on this 11th day of February decries any policy that discriminates against refugees and asylum seekers by nationality, race, or religion, as immoral, and contrary to US tradition and our understanding of the Biblical Great Ends of the Church;

And further, urges the President to rescind this Executive Order and restore the integrity and values of compassion and hospitality essential to our identity as a nation.