OH Faith Leaders Call on Rep. Steve Stivers to Stop Immoral Deportations, Honor Immigrant and Refugee Moms

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May 10, 2018

 

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OH Faith Leaders Call on Rep. Steve Stivers to Stop Immoral Deportations, Honor Immigrant and Refugee Moms

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Thursday, May 10th, faith leaders and community leaders delivered a giant Mother’s Day card and a moral declaration signed by people of faith in support of honoring immigrant and refugee mothers.

 

The card is followed by a moral declaration signed by over 60 Ohioans calling on Members of Congress to honor all moms this Mother’s Day by upholding immigration policies that protect and unite immigrant and refugee families. To see the full list of signers, click here. Photo here.

 

Jacqueline Kifuko, Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS):

“As a refugee mom, I am grateful that the United States gave my family the chance to live again. This was a blessing, but we didn’t expect that the promises to be reconnected with our children would be broken. We feel betrayed. Representative Stivers, please think about us as you celebrate Mother’s Day with your family.”

 

Rev. Kate Shaner, First Community Church:

“As a mom and a pastor, I call on Representative Stivers to dig deep in his own Christian faith to understand that separating mothers and their children is just plain wrong and that the whole story of our Scriptures is to welcome the refugee and the immigrant and to love those who need it the most.”

 

Rabbi Jessica Shimberg, The Little Minyan Kehilla:

“As a mom, a rabbi and former litigator, I call on Representative Stivers to look at the policies that are being put forth by Attorney General Sessions which are at their core immoral and cruel. We are a nation that values family. Our immigration services have valued families for centuries. But now we are using children as pawns to discourage families fleeing deadly situations. Representative Stivers has a mom and is married to a mom. It’s time for him to start honoring all moms.”

 

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