HOUSTON (June 26, 2017) – Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) is disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to temporarily reinstate the refugee ban until it can hear the case this fall, and believes that the United States should continue its leadership role in welcoming refugees fleeing persecution and violence in their homelands.

“We hope when it hears the case this October, the justices will consider restoring a long-standing American tradition of welcoming refugees from all over the globe,” said Martin B. Cominsky, IM President & CEO. “We have an unshaken trust in our constitution and judicial system and we are committed with our national partners to the mission of welcoming the stranger.”
Until it hears the case, SCOTUS agreed to allow the Trump administration to suspend refugee resettlement for four months and ban immigrants and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from the United States for three months. The justices ruled that individuals with a relationship with a family member or “entity” may still enter the United States during this time, which will include some refugees.

Cominsky said IM and its refugee resettlement partners are reviewing the ruling to fully understand its implications.

IM’s Refugee Services department serves 2,000 refugees each year, helping new Americans find homes, schooling and jobs. More than 90 percent are refugees are self-sufficient in six months.

“We call on all people of faith, and people of no particular faith, to join with us in spreading the message of caring for and supporting the most vulnerable families from countries that have invoked fear and harm on their residents,” Cominsky said. “Our shared value of welcoming the stranger and respecting thy neighbor is paramount.”
A United Way agency, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. IM provides three main services: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston which delivers more than 1.5 million meals each year to seniors in Harris and Galveston Counties; Refugee Services which, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, resettles thousands of refugees in Houston; and, Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships, which provides community services fostering understanding, respect and engagement among Houstonians of all faiths. For more information, visit www.imgh.org.