Valley Lutherans condemn US family separation policy

SELINSGROVE – The regional synod of Lutheran churches recently passed a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s policy of separating the children of illegal immigrants of the US/Mexico border.

 

The Reverend Tom Glasoe, the secretary of the regional Upper Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the pastor of two Northumberland County churches, said he himself is a refugee who came to the US as a child, and a welcoming, appropriate, government response was previously an inherent trait of US immigration.

 

He said Christians are called to care for the ‘least of these’ in society, “We can’t get any more ‘least of these’ than children. These are children that were dictated to about their departure from their home counties, but their families, or they had to leave because of the extreme violence and threat to their lives they were experiencing in their native nations.”

 

He and Reverend Bill Henderson of Christ Lutheran Church in Lewisburg co-authored the resolution that passed with little debate, and a few ‘no’ votes from the synod delegates. Henderson said all citizens should speak out on this issue, “I would invite everyone to consider, whether they would like to speak out against this practice, so that families who arrive at our border, whether they have arrived by legal means or not, are treated humanely.”

 

The resolution calls on the US Congress, the President and all involved to immediately stop the separations, the inhumane detentions of children in crowded camps and seek a long term solution on immigration immediately. The annual synod assembly was held at Susquehanna University.

 

Read the resolution here: http://www.uss-elca.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Resolution-Regarding-the-Treatment-of-Migrant-Children-in-the-Custody-of-the-United-States.pdf

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