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Maligning Poorer Countries

Dear Friends of A Faith That Does Justice,

As you are likely aware, it was reported Thursday – and confirmed Friday by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin – that President Trump used a vulgar and crass term to describe poorer countries whose citizens desire to come to the United States to seek a better life for themselves and their children.  These comments took place at a meeting to discuss immigration policy, and ways in which individuals who are currently protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) could remain in the US.

crowdThis week, the administration announced it would end TPS for 200,000 people from El Salvador, a country that is close to my heart.  I provided medical services to the people of El Salvador during their civil war of the 1980s and early 1990s.  The experience transformed me – it helped me to realize that true faith moves beyond the “Temple” to incarnate God’s love, compassion, and justice in this world for all people, and especially those who have been left behind.

Working in El Salvador and Guatemala led me to become a Jesuit priest, and A Faith That Does Justice is an attempt to return the gift of faith I received from the very people President Trump seeks to deport from our country.  What President Trump said of these people is racist, mean-spirited and blatantly denigrates their God-given human dignity. Furthermore, his words are not only un-Christian, they are diametrically opposed to the core beliefs of Jews, Muslims and any other faith based in Divine love.  It is time to stand up and say No to President Trump. His values are not our values, and they are not the values of the majority of the United States.

A Faith That Does Justice appreciates your support for the work we began together. To continue to develop our program and offer a voice of opposition to those who would demean the least among us, we need your financial support. Please say No to Mr. Trump by supporting A Faith That Does Justice and its efforts to raise consciousness about social issues that affect the most vulnerable among us while offering others an opportunity to walk in solidarity to others less fortunate than themselves. You can support our work by making a donation here or by sending a check to A Faith That Does Justice, 300 Newbury St., Boston, MA, 02115. Your support is more important now than ever!

We are grateful for your support and for your commitment to A Faith That Does Justice

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