Student pastor and
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago graduate student Betty Rendón was detained in the Kenosha County Detention Center in
Wisconsin last May, and is currently back in Colombia, while Lutherans and
other supporters continue to draw attention to her plight.
The ELCA AMMPARO strategy is a holistic, whole
church commitment by the ELCA to accompany people who are forced to flee their
communities seeking protection from suffering or violence. As
church together we work toward just and humane policies
affecting migrants in and outside the United States. ELCA AMPARO
advocacy has repeatedly opposed Administration policies
that pursue expansion of the detention of children and families as a
deterrent to those who migrate or seek asylum in the U.S. The strategy calls instead for the U.S.
government to keep families together while investing in programs that
address the root causes of migration.
of tax dollars have been sought for deportation and immigration
the asylum process so that people
seeking protection are turned away, militarizing our border communities,
and keeping families apart by locking up their members. To support these
Trump Administration has been leveraging for additional funding to the
Department of Homeland Security to use for temporary and semi-permanent
facilities to process families and children and increase immigrant detention
and deportation. These
policies are designed to harm families and deny safety to people seeking
social teaching promotes protection of the most vulnerable, keeping families
together and advocates for treating immigrants with dignity. As a church we
welcome immigrants and newcomers without legal status and support their efforts
to adjust that status and find refuge in the U.S. without fearing the current
cruel and inhumane deterrence and detention tactics.
should not be penalized for seeking a safer and better future for them and
their families. Share a unique, customized message with your members of Congress
today to oppose funding for harmful immigration enforcement, and
instead focus on humane treatment and bringing families together. As you personalize your message,
share how you envision an America where we welcome people like Betty Rendón and
treat them with dignity and ensure their safety.
Learn more about Betty Rendón’s journey
from fleeing Colombia during their civil war to excusing herself from Sunday
responsibilities this weekend as a synodically-authorized
ELCA leader of Emaus Lutheran Church in Racine Wisconsin￼ when she was taken from her
home at gunpoint by ICE, at https://emauselca.org/.
Please accompany her family and community with prayers for her safe
return to the United States and take action to send
a message to Congress on AMMPARO
Letter to Congress from thirty-one national religious groups of diverse denominations, calling on federal appropriators to recognize the moral aspect of their immigration funding decisions.
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Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]