In a disturbing statement on January 4, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson declared that the raids were consistent with “decency, fairness, and humanity,” and that they target felons, not families. FAN strongly disagrees. Secretary Johnson also stated that DHS would continue to expand its cooperation with Mexico on immigration enforcement, referring to the odious US supported Mexican interdiction program, Frontera Sur, by which those fleeing violence from the Northern Triangle of Central America are turned back at the Mexican southern border. Recently, a Franciscan friar who operates a safe house on the Mexican border traveled to Washington, D.C. to plead with US legislators and the Commission on Human Rights to end US support for Mexican interdiction and spoke directly to the problems of the program.
“FAN joins other faith organizations and immigrant rights groups in calling on the Obama Administration to stop implementing its enforcement policies by way of raids and deportations of people in need of protection and asylum,” stated Patrick Carolan, FAN’s Executive Director. “The United States must stop violating human rights and provide humane and legal assistance that is in accord with the best values of our country.”
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There will be a press call for interested media contacts organized by Faith and Immigrants’ Rights Leaders along with Not1More.
When: Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 6 at 11:00am Eastern
Phone: (712) 432-0075; Code: 893316#
Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, and the example of Saints Francis and Clare, the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a collective Franciscan voice seeking to transform United States public policy related to peace making, care for creation, poverty, and human rights. For more information: https://franciscanaction.org/