Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III, Commission Chair
Mrs. Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Director/Consultant
An Immoral Immigration Policy Leads To Horrific Deaths
The Social Action Commission of The African Methodist Episcopal Church met in Birmingham, Alabama, this past week. While in the state where the modern Civil Rights Movement started, AME Servant Leaders were consistently discussing the racist and immoral immigrant and border policies of this President.
The AME Church stands against the Trump Administration's unholy alliance with white supremacist values and an aggressive xenophobia. When we saw the picture of a drowned Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 23 month old daughter, Valeria, who died trying to cross the Rio Grande to a free and better life, we were appalled. We wondered what will take for America to rediscover its moral compass and show up, stand up, speak up and demand an immediate end to Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocol Programs.
While spiritually, morally and emotionally trying to work through the death of the Ramirez’s, we could not overlook the human rights violations that are occurring in Clint, Texas. How many more human rights violations must we witness before we demand an end to injustice hiding behind the American flag and the “Make American Great Again” mantra. How many more immigrants will have to die spiritually, emotionally, psychologically, and physically before we say——-NO MORE?
The servant leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church are appalled by these inhuman policies that are the oppressive legacies of Pharaoh in Exodus (Exodus 1: 13-22) and Herod (Matthew 2: 13-18). We call upon people of faith, all churches, synagogues, mosques, and all compassionate American citizens to join us in:
1. Praying prayers that break the chains of immoral immigration policies and bring immediate and positive change to those unholy policies.
2. Inundating Congressional representatives with letters and calls to stop the mistreatment of human beings who he falsely stereotypes as sub-human.
3. Immediately Organizing to register voters for the 2020 election now.
4. Building an alliance with those fighting for just immigration policies for people of color in your community.
We close our call for moral, life-giving immigration policies and #AMEFaithInActionAdvocacy with a quote from the labor union that represents US asylum officers. Their view of the Trump administrations Migrant Protection Protocols Program is that they are “fundamentally contrary to the moral fabric of our nation.” We agree!
Bishop Harry L. Seawright
President of the Council of Bishops
Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram
President of the General Board
Bishop Frank M. Reid, Chair of the Commission on Social Action
Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Jr.
Mrs. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker
Consultant/Director, Social Action
The Christian Recorder is the official periodical of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the oldest continuously produced publication by persons of African descent.
Bishop Vashti M. McKenzie, Chair of the General Board Commission on Publications
Rev. Dr. Roderick D. Belin, President/Publisher of the AME Sunday School Union
Mr. John Thomas III, Editor of The Christian Recorder