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Religious Groups, Leaders Respond to New US Immigration Policies

By: for Religion News Services on Feb. 24, 2017
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The US-Mexican border

Religious organizations and leaders were swift to react to new Trump administration policies that will widely expand deportations of undocumented immigrants.

“These policies are destructive to families,” said Bishop Dwayne Royster, political director of the PICO National Network, an interfaith organization that provides services to immigrants. “The president, with malicious intent, is attempting to destabilize our nation and communities by breaking up families through deportation and detention.”

The policies, laid out in a memorandum released Tuesday (Feb. 21) by the Department of Homeland Security, are the result of an executive order signed by President Trump on Jan. 25. They will expand Obama-era laws to allow “expedited removals” of any undocumented immigrant who has been in the U.S. for less than two years anywhere within the U.S.

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