Saturday, June 17, 2017

Boiler Plate letter to send out to protest the deportation of Christian Indonesians from Central Jersey

         I am writing to you as a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church. It has come to our attention that members of First Indonesian Seventh Day Adventist Church, a congregation who shares a worship space with us, have been deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
         In previous years they were allowed to remain in the United States because it was dangerous for them to return to Indonesia; as Christians, they would be persecuted there. This danger has not ceased, yet this year they were deported.
         I protest their deportation. This action is endangering their lives.
         I hope House Resolution 2642, the Indonesian Family Refugee Protection Act, if passed, will eventually protect people in similar situations.
         Even if HR 2642 does pass, I still have concerns about a deportation regime that sends people into harms way like this. It certainly does not express my values as a Christian who is called to love the sojourner and stranger.

In Christ’s Peace,
Pastor Chris Halverson

ICE Newark - Community Relations Officer
970 Broad Street
Newark, NJ, 07102
President Trump
The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500
The Honorable John F. Kelly
Secretary of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C.  20528

Representative Frank Pallone
67/69 Church St.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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