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Local pastors speak out against controversial immigration policy

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Some local church leaders are speaking out against a controversial US immigration policy.

The practice of separating children from their parents, who were caught illegally crossing at the border with Mexico, has drawn criticism on both sides of the political aisle. Democrats blame President Trump, who blames Democrats in return.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend tells our Partners in News at ABC 21 it doesn’t matter who’s at fault:

“It really breaks my heart to see what I would call heartless lack of compassion for immigrants who are seeking a better life.”

Pastor Joe Johns of Fellowship Missionary Church and Pastor Rick Hawks of The Chapel are also speaking out against the policy, saying it goes against Biblical teachings, even though Attorney General Jeff Sessions used the Bible to defend the policy last week.

“Each of these people is made in the image of God and they matter, so we’ve got to treat people with fairness, justice, and dignity, even as we seek the policies that make the most sense,” Johns said.

“Jesus said to whom much was given, much is required,” Hawks added, before also saying “we welcome immigrants, we just want them to come legally.”

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1 comment

Buck June 21, 2018 at 3:31 pm

Then let the church and it’s congregation pay for the illegals. It’s not a lack of compassion to expect illegal aliens knowingly unlawful being held accountable for their actions. We’re not responsible for their lawlessness.


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