Ahead of Shutdown Deadline, Over 1,000 Faith Leaders Say:

“No Wall On Our Watch”

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February 14, 2018

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Ahead of Shutdown Deadline, Over 1,000 Faith Leaders Say:

“No Wall On Our Watch”

 

Washington, D.C. -- On Thursday, February 14th, prominent faith leaders rallied at the Capitol to denounce the immoral border wall, demanding accountability for families separated at the border, and to reject any additional funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

 

Faith leaders then delivered a letter with over 1,000 signatures of faith leaders from all across the country demanding Senators to do the right thing and vote no on Trump’s wall and additional funding for ICE and CBP. To view the statement and signers click here.

 

To view a livestream of the event click here. Photos here.

 

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

“As a pastor, I believe that God can heal our heartbreak and mend our world. I’ve seen it at the border. I’ve heard it from faith leaders across the country who provide sanctuary and support for immigrant families who face deportation. As people of faith, we believe that by loving our neighbors as ourselves we can heal our communities and our country. Congress, listen to faith leaders throughout the country, calling on you to love our neighbor.”

 

Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, Director, Bend the Arc Jewish Action:

“The story of the Jewish people has been one of migration -- from when Abraham was told to leave his homeland, to the exodus from Egypt, to countless expulsions and fleeing from country to country over millennia. We know in our texts, in our families’ stories and in our bones that immigrant rights are human rights.We’ve seen the stories describing mothers screaming as they’re separated from their children, and deaths in detention due to callous mistreatment and lack of medical care. This must stop.”

Arlin Tellez, Undocumented College Student:

“Today, I’m calling on Congress to step up and defund ICE, an agency that targets families and community members -- the agency that is separating my community and leaving my family and myself vulnerable for deportation. ICE’s cruelty is the stuff of nightmares, not American dreams. Our tax dollars should support families, not rip our lives apart. Today we tell Congress, not one more dime for ICE’s immoral enforcement. Not one more dime for the Trump wall, a monument of white supremacy and an insult to my family and community.”

 

Rev. Leslie Copeland-Tune, Director, Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice:

“Love risks it all for a better life, for a chance. Love means speaking out and standing up for those who need our help – not as a hand out but as a way out of the extremely dire and dangerous circumstances in which they find themselves. Love lifts up the names of Felix Alonzo-Gomez, 8, and Jakelin Caal, 7, who died in the custody of Customs and Border Patrol. Love rights wrongs. Love is RESISTANCE!”

 

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