WNC Faith Leaders Urge Rep. Meadows and Senator Thom Tillis to support the WNC9
Rev. Tami Forte Logan
Missioner Faith 4 Justice – Asheville
Cathedral All Souls Episcopal Church
9 Swan Street
Asheville, NC 28803
Dear Congressman Meadows and Senator Thom Tillis,
As a people of faith, you already know that Christian and Jewish teachings warn us not to “… oppress the widow, the orphan, the immigrant, or the poor; and [to] not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’ (Zechariah 7:10)”
Faith 4 Justice Asheville is a collective of taxpaying clergy and faith leaders from twelve congregations, seven denominations, two synagogues and justice ministries across Asheville. As our congressional representatives, we want you stop the process of detaining and deporting the following men, return them to their families.
Luis Alberto Roblero Cifuentes (A#207-666-355)
Elias Isarael Garcia Delfin (A#213-003-525)
Aaron Gomez Peña (A#200-717-692)
Juan Manuel Guardian Romero (A#231-002-495)
Enrique Perez Ruiz (A#213-002-513)
As we learn the stories of these men, they are all too familiar. Much like American born citizens we minister to in our churches, they struggle with unemployment, underemployment, depression, alcoholism and other chronic diseases every day. These men don’t need detainment and deportation, they need spiritual and emotional support, treatment and medication.
Furthermore, when these sons and fathers are stripped from their families, detained and deported, it is not only a violation of their human rights, and a destruction of the institution of family, but it is not an effective use of our tax paying dollars. In fact, it is a misuse and abuse of taxpayer’s dollars when they are used to criminalize people for their human condition.
As they struggle to cope with these symptoms of systemic oppression and poverty, the constant threat of deportation exacerbates the problem. We need these men back in our communities working, providing for their families and raising their children to become contributing members of our society. Detaining and deporting them destroys their families, the well-being and safety of all of our communities and unnecessarily depletes federal and local financial resources that could be used to build disenfranchised communities.
Thank you for your leadership and we are counting on you to do what is right in the eyes of God.
Rev. Tami Forte Logan, Faith 4 Justice Asheville