Faith Leaders Challenge Failed ICE Enforcement

Posted July 21, 2014 /

For immediate Release, July 21, 2014

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María José Sandoval




Faith Leaders Challenge Failed ICE Enforcement

Repeal of “secure communities “and “287g” key to President Obama’s administrative relief


What: Press Conference

When: Today, July 22nd, at 11:30 a.m

Where: 815 16th Street NW, Washington, DC

Who: Father Roger Brito, St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church, Windsor Mill, Maryland,  Pastor Joel Delgadillo, Comunidad Christiano Palabra Vive, Rosedale, Maryland, Rev. Cortly C.D. Witherspoon, City Revival Ministries, Baltimore, Maryland, Bishop Marcus A. Johnson, Sr., New Harvest Ministries, Baltimore, Maryland, Pastor Carlos Cabrera, Tabernaculo de la Fe, Adelphi, Maryland, Pastor Martin Mejia, Iglesia Shaddai, Kensington, Maryland, Rev. Vidal Rivas, St. Matthew and St. Michaels Episcopalian Churches, Hyattsville, Maryland, Father Erick Lopez, Langley Park Catholic Community, Langley Park, Maryland, Rev. Rosalio Garcia, Asemblea de Dios Mahanaim, Bladensburg, Maryland, Rev. Rosario Hernandez, Sacred Family Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, Maryland, Father Sergio Dall’Agrese, Saint Bernard Catholic Church, Riverdale Park, Maryland, Reverend Carmelo Santos, Lutheran Minister, Springfield, Virginia

(Washington, DC) — Faith leaders and community members will gather at a press conference to demand that President Obama cancel failed ICE/police collaboration programs such as Secure Communities and 287(g) that are destroying families. These programs have been challenged by local law enforcement leaders who have fought back against the corrosive impact on civil rights and community safety when police and corrections take on the  role of immigration enforcement.  As the President prepares his administrative relief package, local faith leaders and communities members whose families have been torn apart by these programs will petition: “Me Too, Mr. President; Fight for our Families.”

Speakers on Tuesday will include leaders from some of the largest and most diverse faith traditions in the region as well as families confronting deportation because of police/ICE collaboration.