CWS Mourns Death of Man in ICE Custody, Condemns President’s Remarks


CWS Mourns Death of Man in ICE Custody, Condemns President’s Remarks

President Trump’s must stop his violent rhetoric toward immigrants 


Washington, DC: — In response to reports that another person has died in ICE custody on the same day that the New York Times reported President Trump said migrants should be shot in the knees, Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service released the following statement:


“There is a direct link from President Trump’s violent and racist rhetoric toward immigrants and how immigrants are treated in government custody. On the same day that we read the horrific report that President Trump suggested migrants be shot, another life was tragically lost in ICE detention under unclear circumstances. It is deplorable, outrageous and unjust that yet another life has been lost to this administration’s cruelty.

Words have real-world consequences, especially threats of violence issued by the President of the United States.

All human beings have the right to have a safe place to call home. If President Trump is going to endanger innocent lives to fulfill his cruel partisan crusade, Congress and the American people must work to hold him accountable and defund the hateful policies of detention, deportation, and border militarization.”


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