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Adult woman with children in a border detention center

The mother from Nicaragua stood before our multi-faith group of forty religious leaders this morning in the simple and dignified space of the Catholic Charities Respite Center in McAllen, Texas, cradling her sleeping infant in her arms. “We are here because my country is no longer safe for my child.” By this writing, she is already on a bus to San Francisco, her ticket purchased by relatives there, her safe passage arranged by Sister Norma and the remarkable staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley.

She, like the other families we met in the Respite...

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Ghostlike figure rising up out of fog as a man faces into dark woods

Evil never disappears. It just goes into hiding.

The Russian pogroms of the late 1800s, Jewish babies and small children skewered by Cossack sabers weren’t the start.

The Muslims slaughtered by the Crusaders under orders of Pope Urban 1095 weren’t the start.

The Armenian Genocide, 1.5 million slaughtered by the Muslim Turks – the Ottomans. It didn’t start there.

Aboriginals in Australia. Bangladesh. Bosnia, Cambodia. Darfur. The Jewish Holocaust. The Kurds. The Native American genocide. Rwanda. Serbia.

Each time, we vow will be the last time.

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Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Rev. Al Sharpton, and other faith leaders in McAllen, TX

In Jeremiah 31:15, we read,

“A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are gone.”

Today, Rachel’s great sadness is being perpetrated by our own government on our own soil. We join Rachel’s cry because right here in the U.S., the land of the free, children are being detained, locked away from their parents.

I write to you from McAllen, TX, site of the United States’ largest immigrant detention center. Along with nearly 40 colleagues – Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, and evangelical –...

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Silhouette of a parent with his or her forehead touching that of a child

“These children are God’s children… and it is up to us to restore these children to their parents and to restore the soul of our country.” -Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

Families belong together, and we’re not backing down until the Trump administration reunites separated families.

On Thursday, a group of 40 faith leaders – 10 each from the Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, and Protestant faith traditions – traveled to McAllen, TX, where they met with and bore witness to the families who have crossed the border in search of a better future. McAllen is home to the United States’ largest...

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Child covering his face by holding a dirty hand up to the camera

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions used a quote from the New Testament to support the brutal separation of children and their parents. During a speech in Fort Wayne, IN, Sessions remarked,

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and the lawful.”

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders supported the idea of a biblical mandate for lawfulness when she...

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