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Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy denounced, defended

June 20, 2018

Southern Baptist and other evangelical female leaders expressed their opposition Monday (June 18) to separating children from parents on the border as Congress prepares again to take up the immigration issue.

The call for a change in the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that has resulted in family separation at the United States’ border with Mexico came as Republican criticism grew even while executive branch defense of the practice hardened.

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Commentary: Abusing immigrants and the Bible

June 19, 2018

I remember growing up and wanting to point at people.

“Look at what that person is wearing” or “look at the weird thing that person is doing.”

It’s natural, and I imagine many of us heard the same line from our parents and teachers: “when you point at someone, you have three fingers pointing back at you.”

Read more from MyJournalCourier>>

Evangelical leaders urge against family separation at USA-Mexico border

June 16, 2018 

The Church of the Nazarene, as a global family, affirms our citizenship in God’s kingdom and cannot support the separation of children from their parents at the USA-Mexico border.

Jesus reminds us that the kingdom of heaven belongs to little children and that whatever we have done for the least of these, we have done for Jesus himself. Shaped by the love of Christ, the kingdom of God offers a better way that we can live in the here and now. We are a people of reconciliation and in a desire to do so, the Board of General Superintendents has signed the letter of concern from the Evangelical Immigration Table.

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Outraged at Trump’s family separation policies? Here’s what you can do

June 16, 2018

Women in immigrant detention are recounting the last time they saw their children, which was weeks, oftentimes months ago. Accounts describe children sleeping five to a 40-square-foot room in these centers, their siblings of a different gender also states away. Some mothers say they were told their children were being taken for a bath, but were never returned. One woman says an immigration official took her daughter away while she was breastfeeding.

Read more from The Daily Dot>>

‘It’s Disgraceful’: Franklin Graham Rebukes Immigration Policy on CBN Drawing National Attention

June 14, 2018

Humanitarian Franklin Graham’s rebuke of an immigration policy that separates families at the border surprised many who watch the immigration debate, and it may indicate a growing unease among evangelicals over the policy.

Graham, the head of Samaritan’s Purse and a strong Trump supporter, made the comment during an interview with CBN News on Tuesday. “It’s disgraceful. It’s terrible to see families ripped apart and I don’t support that one bit,” he said.

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Franklin Graham Blames Politicians of the Past for Trump Policy Separating Families at Border

June 14, 2018 

Leading evangelist Franklin Graham has argued that past politicians, rather than President Donald Trump, is to blame for the administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration enforcement policy that has resulted in more children being separated from their immigrant parents who have been criminally charged at the U.S. Southern border in recent months.

Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the humanitarian aid group Samaritan’s Purse, spoke with The Christian Broadcasting Network this week and discussed a number of hot topics, including North Korea, a California LGBT bill and immigration issues.

Read more from The Christian Post>>

Pelosi: Trump administration policy separating parents and children at border ‘barbaric’

June 14, 2018

Amid reports of migrant children being separated from their parents at the southern U.S. border, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called the administration’s actions “barbaric,” as Speaker Paul Ryan said the situation called for a legislative fix.

“To the barbaric and unacceptable policy of ripping children from the arms of their parents at the border…barbaric. That’s not American. It’s not faith-based,” said Pelosi, D-Calif., at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

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June 14, 2018

In an attempt to defend his zero tolerance approach to immigration and the subsequent family separations at the U.S. border, Jeff Session told church leaders that at least “we are not sending children to jail with their parents.”

“We currently spend more than $1 billion a year in taxpayer dollars taking care of unaccompanied illegal alien minors,” he said in a speech in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Thursday, where he justified the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

“They are provided food, education in their native language, health and dental care, and transported to their destination city—all at taxpayer expense.”

Read more from Newsweek>>

What do evangelicals want from Trump on foreign policy?

June 13, 2018

President Trump met with an avowed enemy with great fanfare this week, following a blast of fiery tweets aimed at the Group of Seven nations meeting in Quebec last week.

Meanwhile, halfway through his second year as president, Trump’s domestic agenda has largely run its course.

Of all the voters that put Trump into the White House, the happiest bunch to this point might be evangelical Christians.

Read more from Religion News Service>>

Mick Scott: How about ‘zero tolerance’ for cruelty?

June 9, 2018

When I began reading “The Earth Gazers,” by Christopher Potter, recently, I expected a feel-good story about the developments that led to the Apollo astronauts seeing, for the first time in history, the Earth in its entirety. I didn’t expect it to prompt thoughts about U.S. immigration policy. But it did.

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions presented the Trump administration’s harsh new “zero tolerance” policy for border security earlier this year — the key feature of which was separating children from their parents — its stated justification was that it would be a deterrent to illegal crossings. Since then, we’ve learned that hundreds of children have been ripped apart from their parents, even though many of the families involved weren’t illegal border-crossers at all — they were families seeking asylum.

Read more from Winston-Salem Journal>>

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