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Prominent Christian Women Hold Series of Prayerful Actions at the Border, Call on the Trump Administration to End “Zero Tolerance”


June 26, 2018​


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202) 735-7123

Mackenzie Harris, mharris@faithinpubliclife.org, (610) 283-8879

Sara Benitez, sbenitez@faithinpubliclife.org, (202)280-9284

Prominent Christian Women Hold Series of Prayerful Actions at the Border, Call on the Trump Administration to End “Zero Tolerance”

Women of faith will cry out to demand that immigrant families belong together

McAllen, TX — A delegation of 11 Christian women will travel to the Texas border to confront the Trump Administration’s cruel and immoral family separation and family detention policies, which treats people seeking safety from violence as criminals and incarcerates entire families.​

Zero Tolerance has created a humanitarian crisis at the border. Despite the President’s recent Executive Order, families are still in jeopardy and thousands of children remain separated from their parents. The moral atrocities committed by the Trump Administration continue as whole families are imprisoned indefinitely.​

Nearly 8,000 women of faith have signed a national letter to Secretary Nielsen demanding that the Department of Homeland Security must immediately stop tearing apart families. These women of faith are also demanding that the families be immediately reunited.​


Christian women cry out for immigrant children and families at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Processing Center​​


Wednesday, June 27th

3 p.m. CDT

Prayer Chain at Customs and Border Protection Processing Center

3700 W Ursula Ave, McAllen, TX 78503​

4:30 p.m. CDT

Visit Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center

1721 Beaumont Ave Ste. A, McAllen, TX 78501​


Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life (Washington, D.C.)

Rev. Maria Swearingen, Senior Co-Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church (Washington, D.C.)

Dr. Iva E. Carruthers, General Secretary, Samuel deWitt Proctor Conference (Chicago, IL)

Beth Green, Mormon Women for Ethical Government (Houston, TX)

Naimeh Salem, Shareholder of Gonzalez Olivieri LLC Immigration Law Firm (Houston, TX)

Suzii Paynter, Executive Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Pastor, Riverside Church (New York)

Rev. Frannie Kieschnick, Episcopalian Priest, ret.

To read statements from the participants, please click here.


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