Yesterday afternoon, I hand-delivered our petition on migrant children directly to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
We caught him as he left a Senate hearing – and I got to walk with him and share our grave concern that he will protect these unaccompanied children who have fled horrendous violence and conflict in Central America.
As I handed him the packet with thousands of names, it was literally "weighty" in his grasp with pages upon pages of single spaced, double columned signatures! I could tell he was impacted by this physical evidence of your commitment. And just a couple hours later, our petition was featured in the Washington Post.
I told Secretary Johnson that we will hold him, the President, and Congress accountable for not expediting the deportation of vulnerable children who have sought refuge here in our country.
And I assured him that people of faith and conscience are deeply committed to ensuring our nation fully lives up to our moral and legal obligations – and to not send children back to circumstances where they can be trafficked, exploited or even killed. We’ve got to do better.
Thank you for your witness and commitment and we'll be in touch soon about how we can continue to mobilize to protect these children.
Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea
Director, Refugee & Immigration Ministries
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada
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