Over 2,500 Women of Faith Demand Department of Homeland Security Keep Families Together

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June 6, 2018

 

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Over 2,500 Women of Faith Demand Department of Homeland Security Keep Families Together

 

Washington, D.C. --  Over 2,500 women of faith have signed an open letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirsjten Nielsen demanding a complete stop to the recently publicized practice of Customs and Border Protection officers tearing children away from their parents at the border.

Prominent signers include Rev. Jennifer Butler, Founding Director, Faith in Public Life, Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the United Methodist Church, Lisa Sharon Harper, Founder and President, Freedom Road, LLC, Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Executive Director, T'ruah, 15 women Bishops of the United Methodist Church, Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, and more. 

Rev. Jennifer Butler, Founding Director, Faith in Public Life:

"Sometimes we ask ourselves what we would do if we lived in a great historic moment: during the Civil Rights Movement or in apartheid-era South Africa. We are living in one of those moments now. My faith demands that I act to defend families from the pain of our government’s cruel and inhumane treatment. Families belong together. Children of God are being brutalized by a racist and unjust immigration system. This must stop."

Bishop Minerva Carcaño, California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church:

“The laughter of children brings special joy, inspiring love and hope in the human heart.  The separation of immigrant children from their mothers and families is silencing these children’s laughter and will surely rob us all of the love and hope they bring to the world.”

 

To view the full list of signers, click here.

Lisa Sharon Harper, Founder and President, Freedom Road, LLC:

“The family is among the most sacred units on earth. It is created by God. The separation of families has been a critical and brutal tactic of war in the fight for white supremacy in the US. Through Antebellum slavery, Native American mission schools, Jim Crow peonage, mass incarceration, and mass deportations families have been broken in the name of the ‘rule of law’—and commerce. The soul of our nation is flirting with the Devil. Lest we win Satan’s hand in marriage, we must repent! We must end the ‘zero tolerance’ policy that is ripping babies from the arms of mothers; breaking families made by God. We must choose another way; the way of welcome, radical love and true faith.”

Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Executive Director, T'ruah:

“Jewish history, unfortunately, has taught us too well the pain of families being ripped apart. That's why T'ruah's 2000 rabbis are demanding that the United States live up to its human rights obligations by ending the inhumane policy of separating children from their parents, and by ensuring that families fleeing violence and other trauma have a fair chance to apply for asylum, per international law."

Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice:

“Children belong with their parents. The Trump Administration’s draconian ‘zero tolerance’ policy mandates the separation and detention of families. This policy violates the sanctity of family. It also fails to address the very real issues causing families to flee their countries, seeking shelter and safety in the United States. Congress must act now to end the immoral practice of family separation at the border. Instead, we must act to protect our children and their parents. Additionally, we need a compassionate solution to address violence driving people to flee their homelands.”

 

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