United Methodist Women Statement Demanding an End to Child Detention and Family Separation at U.S. Border
Immigrant children are being neglected, abused and are dying on the U.S. border.
This is not a partisan issue. It is an appalling and immoral humanitarian crisis created by policy choices. This mistreatment of children is a grave sin and a disgrace to our nation.
This must end now.Just over a year ago, United Methodist Women issued statements denouncing the “zero tolerance” policy that separated immigrant children from their parents when families sought asylum along the southern border of the United States. We noted the psychological, emotional and physical danger that parent-child separations posed to immigrant children who were already vulnerable, afraid, and without basic provisions of food, shelter and protections. We said that families belong together and called on the Administration to reunite the children it had taken away with their parents and families.
We noted The United Methodist Church’s opposition to “immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children ... " (The Social Principles, 162.H) and the biblical mandate to welcome the stranger (Matthew 25:31-40).
The Administration announced June 20, 2018, that it would indeed reverse this policy and reunite the families.
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The Eugene Islamic Center stands in solidarity and support with our Jewish friends from Temple Beth Israel and the broader Jewish community in Eugene. The vile ideology espoused by the terrorist who attacked the synagogue in Poway, CA was the same ideology that motivated the terrorist who attacked the synagogue in Pittsburgh and the mosques in Christchurch.
We stand side by side with our Jewish community in resisting this hateful ideology of white supremacy and white nationalism. We extend our hands in support and love to the Jewish community to help however we can in their time of grief, as they have come to stand with us, renewing our bonds of love and fellowship.
We call on all communities of faith to stand together in these times, to reaffirm our support for one another against ideologies of hatred, bigotry and violence. Only together we can persevere against this ideology of hate.
Wednesday is the Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day observance at 6:30pm Is an excellent opportunity to gather with the TBI community to show your support and solidarity.