The following is a letter to the editor the local Pax Christi USA group in Northwest Minnesota wrote.
Our Northwest Minnesota Pax Christi group agrees with the following position taken by PCUSA (Pax Christi USA):
Pax Christi USA is astonished, embarrassed, and deeply disturbed by the recent treatment of immigrants and the inhumane policies that have been put in place in an attempt to curb and to punish undocumented immigrants.
Actions by the current presidential administration include: Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) lured workers into captivity with donuts; young toddlers (even a nursing baby) are taken away from their parents; children who have been separated from parents are being held inhumanely. The detention centers are concentration camps; keeping children indoors for 22 hours a day is torture. Furthermore, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will no longer grant asylum for victims of domestic abuse or gang violence.
Never is it acceptable to separate families and keep parents and children from knowing where the other is being detained. Rejecting asylum seekers is often the same as a death sentence for them. Disconcerting, also, are the references to Scripture to excuse the fact that the U.S. has currently lost its moral compass. This is not the America Pax Christi USA believes in or wants.
Even the UN Commissioner on Human Rights has rebuked the United States for these policies. It is time to protest and demand that these affronts to humankind stop immediately.
Lou Ann Olson
Mary Ellen Proulx
Pax Christi Northwest Minnesota
Originally published in the Crookston Times