Central Austin church to host refugee vigil Monday evening

A Central Austin church is hosting an interfaith vigil called “Refugees Welcome” from 6-7:15 p.m. Monday.

The event will be held inside First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis Ave. Organizers say the event will show the community’s support for refugees and opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees, migrants and foreign nationals from seven mostly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

The sanctuary can only seat about 300, and people are welcome to arrive any time after 5:30 p.m., organizers said. Parking is available at the church.

The Facebook event says they are gathering for the following reason: “Faith leaders, refugee resettlement agencies, refugee leaders, immigrants’ rights advocates, and community members will join together to denounce the Trump administration’s executive action on refugee resettlement, which turns our backs on Syrian refugees and refugees from around the world at the very time when they are most in need of safety.”

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