Charlotte Clergy and People of Faith to Embark on a Pilgrimage to GA Detention Center to Defend Immigrant Families

CHARLOTTE, NC -- On Friday, August 3nd, clergy and people of faith from Myers Park Baptist Church held a prayer vigil before starting a pilgrimage to a Georgia detention center that houses immigrants awaiting deportation.


Following the prayer vigil, they drove the route that many immigrants detained in North Carolina make when they are transported from Charlotte Immigration Court to Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga.


In Lumpkin, they will activate a “prayer chain” around the detention center to call for justice and oppose our nation’s shameful immigration policies that criminalize children and families seeking safety.


Watch video of the event here. You can see pictures here.


Rev. Ben Boswell, Myers Park Baptist Church:


“As people of faith and good conscience we believe all human beings are created in the image of God all human beings are of infinite worth. Whatever we do to the immigrant, we do to Jesus, we do to God. We believe families belong together, families should not be separated and they should not be put in inhumane detention centers. We call upon President Trump to immediately end the ‘zero tolerance’ policy and reunite families that they have torn apart. We demand that the Trump administration stop traumatizing children, families, and asylum seekers, and create a humane and moral immigration system that respects the dignity and worth of all human beings crossing our borders.”

Cynthia Aziz, immigration attorney:


“As an immigration attorney for almost 30 years, I’ve never experienced this perfect storm of inhumanity. The dangerous, quick actions being taken by our government are an embarrassment to us around the world. To threaten a mother or a father with separation from their children is wrong. One bureaucrat described these centers as a summer camp. I don’t know about you, but the Girl Scout camps I went to as a child didn’t have barbed wire. I wasn’t separated from my parents sobbing. This isn’t what our country should be.”


Rev. Chrissy Williamson, Myers Park Baptist Church:


“Recent reports show there are still over five hundred children who remain orphaned by our government. We fear the parents of these children have already been deported and the chances of their reunification are slim. As a mother of a five-year-old, I cannot bear the thought of my daughter being pulled from my arms, forced to live in a cage and thrust into a courtroom alone, scared and without my protection. Today, twenty-three of us embark on a physical journey with a sacred purpose: to see for ourselves the realities of our broken immigration system, to hear the stories of those impacted by our inhumane laws and policies and to bear witness to the truth, calling our nation to a higher calling to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.”



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