Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi reminded evangelical Christians of Ronald Reagan and their faith while urging them to oppose Trump’s ICE raids.
In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, Pelosi said:
Tomorrow is Sunday, and as many people of faith attend religious services, the President has ordered heartless raids. It is my hope that before Sunday, leaders of the faith-based community and other organizations that respect the dignity and worth of people will call upon the President to stop this brutal action which will tear families apart and inject terror into our communities.
Families belong together. These families are hard-working members of our communities and our country. The President’s action makes no distinction between a status violation and committing a serious crime.
It is important that the President and our immigrant communities know that they have rights in America.
Yesterday, the President spoke about the importance of avoiding the collateral damage of 150 lives in Iran. I would hope he would apply that same value to avoiding the collateral damage to tens of thousands of children who are frightened by his actions.
The evangelical community has said that America’s refugee resettlement program is the crown jewel of American humanitarianism. I hope that they and other people of faith would convey that value to the President. As President Reagan said, ‘Thanks to each wave of new arrivals to this land of opportunity, we’re a nation forever young, forever bursting with energy and new ideas, and always on the cutting edge, always leading the world to the next frontier… If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.’
Right-wing evangelicals sold out to Donald Trump long ago, but it is important for the Speaker of the House to be reminding them of their hypocrisy. Nothing will stop Trump from carrying out the raids, because he thinks that they are the key to his 2020 victory, but if evangelicals had any integrity, they would stand up to Trump and tell him that he will pay in 2020 if he carries out these raids.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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