I do know a Pastor who has been in detention for seven months.
He’s a Dreamer who made a minor error at 18 years outdated when he travelled exterior the nation pondering that he had permission. He has kidney points, and, like numerous different detainees, he sees the novel coronavirus coming for him like a freight practice. Weare inviting folks of religion to assist us do one thing in regards to the avoidable devastation that threatens our prisons and detention facilities throughout this COVID-19 disaster.
Please learn the letter under to Homeland Safety Performing Secretary Chad F. Wolf and take into account signing in addition to speaking to your Congressional Representatives about it. To have your signature added, you’ll be able to e mail Alexia at [email protected]
Sheltering in place could hold us aside, nevertheless it doesn’t must hold us from coming collectively on behalf of justice for probably the most weak. Will you be part of us?
Expensive Mr. Wolf:
We’re writing as Christian leaders throughout the nation involved about our weak brothers and sisters who’re residing in detention facilities the place Coronavirus protections and remedy are tough to acquire. Lots of them don’t signify any menace to public security; their solely offenses had been entry or re-entry with out immigration documentation. They don’t deserve a possible loss of life sentence.
We’re asking you to develop the alternatives for alternate options to detention. We’re significantly requesting the humanitarian launch of aged detainees and people with underlying well being situations. We provide the sources of our ministries and denominational constructions for use in collaboration with non-profit organizations and public officers to search out placement for these people and households with sponsors, momentary shelter and primary companies.
Blessed are the merciful for they are going to be proven mercy. (Matthew 5:7)
In Christs identify,
Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero,President – Nationwide Latino Evangelical Coalition
Rev. Luis Corts, Jr.,President Esperanza
Sr. Norma Pimentel,Catholic Charities,Rio Grande Valley
Rev. Carlos L. Malave,Government Director,Christian Church buildings Collectively within the USA
Rev. Ruben N. Ortiz,Latino Area Coordinator,Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Rev. Andres Serrano,Director Hispanic Ministries,Reformed Church of America
Pr. Salvador Orellana,Director of Intercultural Ministries,American Baptist Church buildings
Rev. Ruben Duran,Director for Congregational Vitality,Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Lori Tapia,Nationwide Pastor for Hispanic Ministries,Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Fr. Antonio Guillen,Missioner, Latino/Hispanic Ministries and Director, Ethnic Ministries| The Episcopal Church
Rev. Roberto Ochoa,Affiliate for Congregations of Shade &,Ethnic Recognized CongregationsUnited Church of Christ
Marco A. Grimaldo,Deputy Director of Church Relations,Bread for the World
Dr. Fernando Cascante,Government Director,Asociacin para la Educacin Teolgica Hispana(AETH),Director of The Justo Middle
Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier,Coordinator of Relations with Entities of ,Theological Training, AETH
Vince Gonzales,Mitigation Specialist,Nationwide Chief United Methodist Church
Rev. Ismael Ruiz-Milln,Director, Hispanic Home of Research,Duke Divinity College
Dr. Edwin David Aponte,Government Director, Louisville Institute
Rev. Efrain Pineda Jr.,Congreso Purple & Vida Church,Founder & Lead Pastor
Iris de Len-Hartshorn,Affiliate Government Director of Operations,Mennonite Church USA
Rev. Michael Mata,First Church of the Nazarene,Los Angeles
Rev. Lee de Leon,Government Pastor, Templo Calvario,Santa Ana, CA
Dr. Robert Chao Romero,Assistant Professor Csar E. Chvez Divisionof Chicana and Chicano Research UCLA
Rev. Dr. Alexia Salvatierra,Matthew 25 and Assistant Professor of Intercultural ResearchFuller Theological Seminary