On Monday, July 2, 2018 at 4:30pm, MCU leaders will gather outside of the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at Tucker and Spruce to demand the end of family separation at the border. This event is being held simultaneously with other Gamaliel affiliates across the country.
The abusive, unjust, and immoral separation of immigrant children from their families cannot continue. Senator Blunt is a critic of the policy. MCU is asking him to lead the effort to reunite families and push for immediate comprehensive immigration reform.
“Nearly every faith tradition on the face of this earth holds in common this key tenet, that all of us are divinely created and worthy of compassion,” said Rev. Karen Anderson, president of the board of MCU. “But what we are doing at the border of this country to children and families seeking asylum from violence and oppression in the countries from which they have escaped is inconceivable. I cannot imagine the irreparable harm being done to children as they are being torn from their mothers’ arms. And what about the impact on this nation? What scars will our non-immigrant children and their families suffer if we continue this immoral policy?”
Social scientists and modern ethicists have noted that one of the marks of a just society is its treatment of the most vulnerable. This is a cornerstone message in both both Hebrew and Christian texts. While protecting our borders is important, we can and must do better as a government, and as a society, to find other ways to ensure that safety.
Families are a foundational element of our society and our government must not tear them apart. Immigrant families have historically built prosperous businesses that contribute to the economic growth of this nation. Keeping families together and reuniting the families who have been separated by unfair detention and deportation practices and policies must be central to any piece of legislation that Congress enacts.
The Gamaliel Network is a community organizing network with affiliates, like MCU, in 17 states and 44 regions. Gamaliel’s organizing work draws on struggles for justice by people of faith spanning many nations, creeds, and cultures. Our work draws on the sacred writings of our multiple faith traditions—the Torah, Christian teachings from the Bible, Catholic social teaching—as well as the founding principles of American democracy, the U.S. civil rights movement, and many other sources. Above all, our work begins and ends in an expression of the personal faith and values of our members.