Beloved people of God,
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are expected to round up thousands of undocumented immigrants for deportation starting tomorrow, July 14, 2019. The nationwide raids are expected to take place in at least 10 major cities, including New York City. ICE agents are targeting at least 2,000 immigrants who either missed their court dates or ignored deportation orders. Many of these immigrants were given notice to report to an ICE office and leave the U.S. in February.
This action by our government is the worst of fear-mongering and white supremacy. Beloved, productive and irreplaceable images of God, including many from our own neighborhood and GA community, once again have to fear that they will have their families torn apart, perhaps forever, which causes devastating harm to them and the communities of which they are a part. It is an unconscionable use of fear to continue to divide our nation for political purposes.
Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church condemns these raids and the actions of President Trump who authorized them. Any individuals or families who are targeted by ICE for deportation will be provided sanctuary. If you or people in your circle of friends have a notice or are living in fear this weekend, please contact me directly, 646-341-1226, and we will provide sanctuary within our church buildings.
Here are a few guidelines provided by the American Civil Liberties Union.