"It Doesn't Have to Be This Way": Faith Leaders Rally at Detention Center Demanding End to Inhumane Treatment of Immigrants

September 12, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Rev. William Barber and other faith leaders marched on an El Paso, Texas detention center Monday to protest President Donald Trump’s inhumane treatment of immigrants and demand congressional action to end the administration’s abusive practices.

“We have Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Red Letter Christians, Unitarian, and people not of faith but who believe in a moral universe coming together at the border today, not for our own agendas but for the immigrant children and families who are facing injustice,” Barber, national co-co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said ahead of the march.

“We are here in unity with local leaders who invited us,” said Barber. “We have seen just a glimpse of the horrible conditions our immigrant neighbors are facing at the border.”

When the group of “Moral Monday” demonstrators arrived at the entrance of the El Paso facility, Barber, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, and Imam Omar Suleiman demanded to be allowed inside to meet with hunger-striking detainees.

“We are requesting a pastoral visit, to visit our members of the human family who are on hunger strike,” Barber said. “We are asking to be let in to see them. We are their pastors. We are clergy leaders, they are our members.”