Ohio Faith Leaders Denounce Massive ICE Raids at Landscaping Company

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June 6, 2018

 

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Ohio Faith Leaders Denounce Massive ICE Raids at Landscaping Company

 

Sandusky, OH -- On Tuesday, May 5th, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 114 working Ohioans at two locations of Corso's Flower & Garden Center, a nursery and landscaping company. Faith leaders across Ohio denounced the largest immigration worksite raid of the Trump Administration.

 

Cantor Jack Chomsky, Congregation Tifereth Israel, Columbus:

“I raise my voice along with many clergy of different faiths and denominations to speak out strongly against the recent raids by ICE in Sandusky, Ohio. What a complete violation of our communal and religious values. Our country needs reasonable immigration policy reform, something Congress has failed to do for a generation. Victimizing hard-working people in our communities, no matter their immigration status, tears apart the social fabric of our society and is a terrible waste of public resources.”

 

Imam Horsed Noah, Somali Islamic Centers of Ohio, Columbus:

“As an Imam and a parent, I believe rounding up and deporting our neighbors, students, coworkers, friends, and family is a great injustice. Although people can be given labels such as ‘alien,’ ‘undocumented,’ and ‘illegal,’ people of faith know that immigrants — regardless of their legal status — are individuals deeply loved by God and created in God’s Divine image. Let's love and not deport.”

 

Sister Carren Herring, RSM, Sisters of Mercy, Cincinnati:

“As a Sister of Mercy dedicated to serving God's people, especially those on the margins, I speak out for the dignity of our brothers and sisters arrested in the raids. I ask that we devote our energy and resources to welcoming and valuing our immigrant neighbors.”

 

Rev. David Long-Higgins, David’s United Church of Christ, Canal Winchester:

“As a pastor in the Christian tradition, I believe the values of protecting and supporting children, working hard to provide for your family, and serving your community are key expressions of the way of Jesus. ICE’s aggressive, cruel raids and detentions directly contradict these values. As a result of yesterday’s actions, hundreds of children are left endangered and traumatized. Communities that have relied on the labor of these workers will be diminished. A more humane and just system must be born so that all people may live a life free of fear where they can live in dignity.”

 

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