Southern Arizona prides itself in being an immigrant, refugee friendly region.
We, the multi-faith religious leaders of Southern Arizona, express our wholehearted affirmation and support of those in our community who have fled violence and turmoil in their home countries and who have found their new home in Southern Arizona. We welcome them and cherish the gifts refugees and immigrants bring to our country.
As people from many faith traditions, many of whom have experienced persecution and prejudice in their histories, we affirm our solidarity with our Muslim neighbors and friends. We stand with them now in the face of religious discrimination and hate crimes directed toward individuals or communities, and we defend their civil liberties.
While we fully understand the need for security protocols and proper vetting procedures of immigrants and refugees, we repudiate the current administration’s executive orders regarding asylum seekers, the border wall, the ban on the admission of any refugee for a period of time, as well as the ban on admitting all immigrants and non-immigrants from seven countries. This order applies to Syrian refugees, perhaps the most vulnerable. These orders are not in keeping with the values and moral fabric of our nation.
We call upon the President to rescind these orders and to take the lead in introducing a comprehensive immigration policy reform that would better meet the needs of our nation. We also call for the continued reception of properly vetted refugees as is our responsibility as a nation of compassion that has benefitted significantly from the contributions of refugees and immigrants.
In a climate of heightened anxiety, we call upon our neighbors and friends to reach beyond our fear and division to find common ground in welcoming the stranger and in fostering peace with love.
Southern Arizona religious leaders:
We oppose Trump’s refugee, immigration orders
-Arizona Daily Star