We can’t abandon Dreamers


(9/20/2017)

From: The Winona Inter-Faith Council
Pastor Corrine Haulotte, Lutheran Campus Center
Pastor Jeff Franko, Board President of Lutheran Campus Center
Rev. Paul Kisho Stern – Dharma River Zen Community
Gloria A. Alatorre- Secretary at Human Rights Commission
Julie Johnston
Bryon D Bothun, Ed.S.
Sudharsan Iyengar (Bhaskar) - WSU Faculty
Ahmed El-Afandi, Trustee, Islamic Center of Winona
Dick Dahl, AAO and UUFW
Kathy Redig, pastor, All Are One Roman Catholic church
Trish Johnson- Dharma River Zen Community
Carol & Mohamed Elhindi Solomon’s Song
Nan and Steve Bachler
Rev. Rachel Riggle, Grace Presbyterian Church
Julie Prondzinski 1st Congregational Church
Beth Halleck, Baha’i Faith
Dwayne Voegeli, Unitarian Univeralist Fellowship
Barbara Nagel, member CSOA (Congregation Sons of Abraham)
Tom Parlin
Mary Hansel Parlin
Brian and Betty Singer-Towns
Mary Ellen Erlandson, member of Faith Lutheran Church

We, the Winona Interfaith Council, are deeply saddened and disappointed regarding the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protected and provided relief for eligible immigrant youth from deportation. Approximately 800,000 young people, referred to as Dreamers, were put at risk with the ending of this program. Our various faiths teach us to welcome the stranger among us, to remember the refugee, to protect the vulnerable, and to uphold relationships. Therefore, we stand against policies that go against such tenets, namely at this time, the separation of families. We will continue to reach out in love, learn and educate our community, and welcome all our children. Finally, we implore our members of Congress to pass protection into law. Our community is enhanced by Dreamers.

 

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