Faith leaders condemn attack on Dreamers

For Immediate Release
Septemeber 5, 2017
Contact: Aimee Thunberg, [email protected]

Faith leaders condemn attack on Dreamers
Statement of Auburn Seminary President the Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

NEW YORK —In response to the Trump administration’s announcement that it plans to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, ending legal protections for 800,000 immigrant residents, Auburn Seminary President the Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson issued the following statement:

“The administration’s attack on Dreamers, immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, violates the spirit of our country and the most basic moral mandate to love our neighbors. As faith leaders, we believe in a God who is our ‘refuge and strength’ and requires us to welcome the stranger, to be of service to our sisters and brothers and all those ‘others’ created in the image of God — and that includes immigrants.

“President Trump scapegoated undocumented people — dehumanizing and casting them as outsiders and others — when he ran for office. Now, he is sacrificing their rights to appease those who want to blame our country’s problems on immigrants. The president is trying to dismantle DACA protections because they are a symbol of hope and possibility for undocumented people, especially young people and their parents.

“People of faith and moral courage know well that movements are created and won not by policy alone, but by the hope and the victories that fuel culture change and embolden leaders. Now, we must live up to God’s call to do justice, love with kindness and walk humbly. We must denounce the mythical fear of ‘the other’ and the false hierarchy of value — that some lives are more deserving and worthy than others. We call on faith leaders to join us in condemning the ongoing persecution of immigrants and on our elected officials to reject xenophobic hate and govern with compassion.”

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