“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40-41 NRSV
People of Faith around the country are outraged that our tax dollars are supporting our government to tear families apart and incarcerate children. Under the Trump administration’s extreme “zero tolerance” immigration policy, immigrant families are being separated at the border. The policy, which was officially announced on May 7, has led to more than 2,000 immigrant children being ripped from their parents while attempting to find safety at the U.S. border.
The bills Congress will debate this week will further build the deportation machine and fail to end family separation and they need to hear from YOU to oppose them.
The Faith Community is particularly focused on the “Border Security and Immigration Reform Act” advanced by Rep. Ryan. This bill would not end family separation and would expand funding for border enforcement.
- For some children, the bill would result in long-term incarceration with even fewer standards for their care and well-being than are currently in place. For others, it would result in near immediate return to the very life-threatening conditions they are fleeing.
- The “pathway to citizenship” it offers to DREAMers is unworkable in that in many cases citizenship could take 20 years and leave DREAMers in a precarious situation in the interim.
The decision to accelerate family separation is voluntary. As long as President Trump and Attorney General Sessions choose to prosecute 100% of parents, their kids will still be taken away from them. Whether it’s 3 days, 3 weeks, or 3 months, ripping kids away from their parents is traumatizing and immoral and there is no “fix” to this self-created problem. The only fix is to stop incarcerating parents.
TAKE ACTION: Call, and Tweet your Representatives urging them to VOTE “NO” on the “Border Security and Immigration Reform Act”
Sample Tweet: @RepresenativeName, I urge you to vote NO on the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act. We need policy to #KeepFamiliesTogether
Sample Call Script: CALL (202) 224-3121
Hi Rep ____
My name is _____________ and as a Presbyterian I am devastated with the administration’s decision to enforce family separation at the Southern Border. I urge you to vote NO on the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act and any other legislation that would further divide families and criminalize parents.
We must not repeat the immoral acts of our ancestors who violently divided families in our participation in the slave trade and Indian boarding schools. Presbyterians around the country have the opportunity to “practice biblical hospitality to immigrant groups” (220th General Assembly, On Advocating for Comprehensive Immigration Reform) and join the ranks on the right side of history in an attempt to co-create the Kingdom of God.
Find the full STOP FAMILY SEPARATION Grassroots Toolkit HERE