Last week evangelical leaders joined together to send a message to President Trump concerning his stance on what they say has led to an increase in immigrant children being separated from their families who have entered into the country illegally in recent weeks.
According to The Christian Post, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President Samuel Rodriguez and Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore joined together along with other members of the Evangelical Immigration Table to send a letter of concern to the president.
The letter condemns President Trump for his “horrible,” “zero tolerance” policy on the subject of handling immigrant families who arrive in the United States illegally.
"As evangelical leaders representing tens of thousands of local churches, campus communities, and ministries we are concerned that the new 'zero tolerance' policy at the U.S.-Mexico border, recently announced by Attorney General Sessions and being implemented by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, has had the effect of separating vulnerable children from their parents," the letter says.
The current policy states that anyone who crosses into the United States from the U.S.-Mexican border will be prosecuted.
According to The Washington Post, migrant children are being held in U.S. custody without their parents. The number of children found in this situation has increased by 21 percent in the last month.
The parents who enter into the country illegally are being sent to federal detention centers while many of their children are being placed in shelters that are currently operated by the Department of Health and Human Services, according to The Post.
"As evangelical Christians guided by the Bible, one of our core convictions is that God has established the family as the fundamental building block of society. The state should separate families only in the rarest of instances," the Christian leaders agreed.
"While illegal entry to the United States can be a misdemeanor criminal violation, past administrations have exercised discretion in determining when to charge individuals with this offense, taking into account the well-being of children who may also be involved,” they said in the letter.
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