ICE Raids Continue Across Buncombe County Today – Coalition of Clergy Groups Issue Statement Opposing ICE Raids in WNC
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ICE raids continue across Buncombe County this morning. This is the 4th day they’ve been in our community after a week of raids across our state. These raids are separating families, terrorizing the Latinx community, and forcing people to hide in their homes. Our community is responding with unity, strength, and support for impacted families. But still, the arrests continue. What can you do? First, donate to CIMA, which is leading our community’s response: http://cimawnc.org/donations/. Next, join us by sharing this graphic to say you stand with immigrant families. Make your voice heard.
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Coalition of Clergy Groups Issue Statement Opposing ICE raids in WNC
Asheville, NC (April 17, 2018) – The following statement is signed on to by these faith leaders in WNC:
Rev. Tami Forte Logan, Faith 4 Justice Asheville
Rev. Amy Cantrell, Beloved Asheville
Very Reverend Todd Donatelli, Cathedral of All Souls Episcopal Church
Rev. Nancy Shested and Rev. Missy Harris, Circle of Mercy Congregation UCC
Rabbi Justin Goldstein, Congregation Beth Israel
Rabbi Batsheva Meiri, Congregation Beth HaTephila
Rev. Dr. Marcia Shoop, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Rev. Sara Wilcox, Land of Sky UCC
Holly Roach Knight, Transform Network
Lead Minister Rev. Mark Ward and Associate Minister Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Unitarian Universalist Congregation Asheville
“As people of faith, our teachings warn us not to ‘… oppress the widow, the orphan, the immigrant, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’ (Zechariah 7:10)”
“Faith 4 Justice Asheville vehemently opposes the ongoing use of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) by the federal government. These actions are devastating communities across Buncombe County,Western North Carolina, the State and the Country. We are calling on the City of Asheville and Buncombe County to publicly condemn ICE presence and their use of manipulative tactics against residents in our county.
“Portraying immigrants and refugees as criminals and threats rather than seeing them as God’s beloved children is immoral and un-American. We are called to love our ‘neighbors as ourselves’ and the criminalization and dehumanization of our immigrant siblings through ICE tactics and actions prevent us all from seeing their humanity, and we risk losing our own. It is immoral to track human beings down like animals in their places of residence, on their jobs, in their neighborhoods, while at the grocery store, and at their children’s schools. Most of these community members are only deemed illegal because this country changed laws and policies to prevent them from remaining hereafter we used them for our own purposes. Many have been here for generations, like many of us.
“The reality of our history in the U.S. is that this country’s prosperity has been built on the backs of poor and disenfranchised immigrants who either sojourned here by choice or by force. As people of faith, we are called to care for those in need and love one another, and as leaders of this City and County, you are called to serve and protect all residents. We call on you to create sanctuary in Asheville and Buncombe County and stop allowing our immigrant neighbors to live in a constant state of fear and panic. We implore you to continue to model the very best of our values and our common humanity.”