During the past three days the Department of Homeland Security has engaged in round ups of Central American undocumented immigrants throughout the country. ECCO immigrant leaders attended a meeting yesterday in Boston with other community-based organizations and heard reports that round ups have occurred already in East Boston, Chelsea, and Revere. We denounce this new policy of targeting our Central American sisters and brothers who have come to our communities seeking refuge from unspeakable violence.
We are horrified that the Obama Administration would start the year off with a massive national campaign to tear refugee families apart. ECCO congregations work to uphold the dignity of every human being and we are committed to standing with and defending those most vulnerable among us. Our faith traditions teach us that we are all interconnected. Therefore, we lament the fear and pain being inflicted on undocumented people in our communities and throughout the nation.
People fleeing persecution and violence should be given the opportunity to apply for asylum and other types of humanitarian relief and not be sent back to situations which may lead to death.
During Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, ECCO leaders heard the Pope declare: “Families have a citizenship that is divine. The identity card that they have is given to them by God.”
Over the next couple of weeks, ECCO leaders will be strategizing responses to this new assault on our families. For now we invite you to stand for justice with immigrants at an emergency vigil at the State House in Boston tomorrow, Wed. January 6th, at 6:00PM.
We will be car-pooling from the parking lot at Immaculate Conception Church in Salem. Please RSVP here so we can have a count.
In this new year, let’s continue to work together to defend the dignity and human rights of all people.
For more information see the following:
- The Catholic Church’s Teaching On Immigration Enforcement