We saw much activity about the issue of immigration between June 18-22. We prayed, rallied, and advocated on Capitol Hill for our migrant sisters and brothers.
Here are just a few of the events FAN was involved in:
Early in the week, an interfaith prayer service was held asking, 'Where are the Refugees?, as the administration has only resettled a small fraction of the number they committed to settle. Sr. Marie Lucey presented a loaf of bread, symbolically reminding all present that Jesus is the bread of life.
Tuesday saw a beautiful number of women across multitude of faith denominations participate in a rally in front of Customs and Border Patrol protesting the policy of separating parents and their children at the border. Srs. Marie and Maria joined friends from the Sisters of Mercy, Leadership Conference of Women Religious and others. Check our Facebook page for great photos.
On Wednesday, LA RED, the immigrant justice campaign of Faith In Action, organized an event at the Capitol Rotunda where over 170 people came together to pray for the children who have been separated from their families at the border. Mylar blankets, like those being given to the children in border detention centers, were passed out to kids who were at the event representing the detained children. The event was held to call attention to the need to reverse the administration’s "zero tolerance" policy which continues to criminalize asylum seekers. See photos of the event on our Facebook Page.
The Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC), of which FAN is a member, developed a letter that was sent to all congressional offices expressing opposition to two anti-immigrant House bills that were slated to be voted on in the week. The vote has been postponed. The two bills fail to meet the IIC’s principles for immigration and border reform. Read the letter in its entirety here.
By mid-week, an executive order was signed by the President. It was aimed at halting the separation of children from their parents but we feel it opens the door to indefinite family detention. FAN spoke out against this EO.