Local clergy issue ‘opposition’ to Trump’s Executive Order
Published 12:00 am, Thursday, February 16, 2017
To the Editor:
We, the undersigned members of the New Milford Clergy Association, write to express our strong opposition to President Trump’s recent Executive Order, signed on Jan. 27, titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry.”
Issued in the midst of the worst worldwide refugee crisis since World War II, this order includes — among other requirements — suspension of our country’s refugee resettlement program for 120 days; suspension of the resettlement of Syrian refugees for an indefinite period; reducing the number of refugees to be admitted into the U.S. this year by more than half; and prohibiting entry into the U.S. of citizens from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen for a period of 90 days.
We represent a variety of faith communities. But for all of us the commitment to care for the oppressed and the downtrodden, and to welcome the foreigner and the stranger, is commanded in our Holy Scriptures, and affirmed throughout the history of our faith traditions.
This is the source of our proud American tradition of welcoming immigrants, and refugees, who come here to live in peace, and freedom, and to make a better life for themselves and their families; just as did all of our own ancestors.
Refugees who come here are already the most thoroughly vetted people in the U.S.
We have confidence in the current, extremely rigorous process, which takes anywhere from 18 months to many years, and involves many layers of security scrutiny, including by the United Nations, the FBI, the DHS, and civil and military intelligence agencies not only from our own country, but from allies around the world.
We stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters, who will be especially affected by this order.
We pray that our government will rescind this Executive Order; and we call on our fellow citizens to make their voices heard in opposition.
Rev. Michael Moran
Rabbi Ari Rosenberg
Rev. Alex da Silva Souto
New Milford United
Rev. Jack Gilpin
St. John’s Episcopal