Deporting asylum-seekers without giving them a chance to make their case would violate US and international laws
"“The reason why asylum-seekers are exempted from immediate removal from the U.S. is because of our international treaty obligations. . . .The U.S. has a long history, prior to the signing of the Refugee Convention in 1967, of turning away asylum-seekers. We turned away boatloads of Jews during World War II and we didn't want to go back to that time.'"
"Demonstrators came to the rally on busses from Laredo, San Antonio, Austin and Houston. . . .Others flew into Texas from states as distant as Minnesota and Michigan. Organizers estimated that about 1,100 people attended"
"'Women are outraged at the separation of families,' said Linda Sarsour, one of last year's Women’s March Organizer. 'We are outraged of all the things that are unfolding in our country. We are here to say we’re ready to sacrifice and we’re ready to leave our jobs, leave our families to come and take this act of civil disobedience here,' she said."
"ProPublica found and mapped 99 facilities holding immigrant children, including shelters and foster care centers. As of June 26, 2,047 children remain separated from the parents who crossed the border with them. In addition to these children, these shelters were already home to an additional 8,886 children who crossed the border unaccompanied by older relatives before the “zero tolerance” policy was announced."
Read the Gospels again and ask yourself, "Was Jesus more devoted to order or justice?"
Take action! Gather for this (non-violent) rally to keep immigrant families together: Saturday, June 30 @ Noon at the Texas State Capitol. UCCAustin folks will gather at the west entrance to the capitol grounds at Colorado & 12th at 11:30am. (RSVP at https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/19862/signup/?source=&s=
A VERY timely podcast (33min) from the folks at “Code Switch” at NPR. Know your history, know yourself: “Anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise, and the prospect of mass deportation is in the news. But as much as this seems like a unique moment in history, in many ways, it's history repeating itself.”
Jesus' compassionate embrace of children didn't grow out of mere sentiment, but out of his own family's refugee experience fleeing a dehumanizing regime. (Matthew 18:1-7)