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25 Faith-Based Groups Call on Dept. of Homeland Security to Cut Ties between Local Law Enforcement and ICE


April 9, 2021


Austin Schuler, aschuler@faithinpubliclife.org, (540) 280-3393

25 Faith-Based Groups Call on Dept. of Homeland Security to Cut Ties between Local Law Enforcement and ICE

Washington, D.C. –– Twenty-five faith-based organizations are calling on Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to end programs and practices that entangle local law enforcement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In a letter sent to the office of Secretary Mayorkas, faith groups are asking DHS to recognize the harm caused when ICE requests local law enforcement agencies to engage in federal immigration enforcement. 

The letter states, “Many of our own congregations and communities have become sanctuary for people who have been targeted by the mass deportation agenda of the prior administration. No matter what we look like, how we pray, or where we were born, people of faith are committed to advancing the values of human dignity and loving our neighbors. Our teachings and traditions are clear that these values extend to how we treat immigrants in our nation.”

To read the full letter and list of signers, click here

Signers of the letter include Faith in Public Life, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, National Council of Jewish Women, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC), Friends Committee on National Legislation and Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries, among others.

Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life:

“For far too long, ICE has led attacks on Black and Brown immigrant families and communities. People of faith are demanding that ICE cut ties with local law enforcement around the country. We must ensure that our immigrant neighbors, friends and family are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”


Faith in Public Life is a national movement of clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice, equality and the common good. Together, with a network of over 50,000 leaders, they are leading the fight to advance just policies at the state and federal level that affirms our values and the human dignity of all.

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