FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16th, 2019
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CWS Mourns Toddler’s Death, Denounces Administration’s Immoral Policies that Harm Asylum Seekers
Multiple deaths in six months demonstrate a pattern of cruelty and inhumane treatment
Washington, D.C. – In response to reports that a child died in El Paso after seeking protection in the United States with his mother, Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service issued the following statement:
“We weep and mourn for another child lost to this administration’s campaign of cruelty at the border. Every single child harmed by this administration’s failure to protect families fleeing violence and persecution is an indefensible tragedy. Americans across the nation are outraged by the administration’s failure to uphold our moral and legal obligations to welcome people seeking safety. As a member of the clergy, my thoughts turn to Matthew 19:14: ‘Jesus said, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”
CWS demands that the administration welcome and process all asylum seekers and others seeking protection in an equitable, timely, and compassionate manner – and implement meaningful solutions that address the root causes of displacement.
CWS’s responses to the deaths of Jakelin Caal Maquin, Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, and Juan de León Gutiérrez, can be found here, here, and here. Our statement on the Administration’s attacks on asylum can be found here.
Since 1946, Church World Service has supported refugees, immigrants and other displaced individuals, in addition to providing sustainable relief and development solutions to communities that wrestle with hunger and poverty. Learn more about our work and join our global homebase for refugee solidarity at GreaterAs1.org.