"Santuario Sí, Deportación No!"--Los Angeles Immigration Action with CLUE
Dear Friends, thank you for all of your overwhelming love and support! We're out! I was so privileged to be a small part of this week's action organized by CLUE: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice and my good friend and fellow Chicano pastor, Rev. Francisco Garcia. The goal of the action was to challenge the recent deportations of thousands of Central American refugee women, children, and families which have resulted in the DEATHS of many. For myself and other Christian clergy it was important to make this symbolic statement during Holy Week. When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, He did so peacefully, but subversively. In claiming to be the King of kings, Lord of lords, and Son of God, He was challenging the emperor Caesar who claimed all of these titles for himself. 2,000 years later, Jesus is still Lord and the U.S. government with all of its broken immigration laws is not. In the Name of Jesus, we cannot allow one more refugee to be deported when we know that many have, and will continue to die. We also cannot continue to allow thousands of other immigrant families to be torn apart by mass deportations. Many refugees from Central America are the ages of my own children. I cannot imagine Robertito and Elena making a 3,000 mile treacherous journey from Central America alone, and on top of a train in order to flee intense violence. I can even less imagine them then being subjected to U.S. immigration courts without an attorney and then deported back to the very violence that they were escaping. This cannot continue to happen. Not on the watch of followers of Jesus.