Statement Regarding “No Tolerance” Policy of US Immigration:
As a Christian community of faith, Bethany Presbyterian Church of San Bruno, California deplores the separation of children from their immigrant families at the US border, and the “zero tolerance” policy regarding asylum-seeking people.
We also condemn the use of the Bible by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others to justify this horrific practice. Contrary to what Mr. Sessions claims, the Bible says: "When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 19:33-34) There are many other biblical passages that require Christians to welcome the stranger, protect the weak, and help the suffering. Although we firmly believe in the separation of church and state, we feel strongly that our nation must likewise welcome and protect those who seek refuge within our borders.
We believe that children belong with their parents in safe communities, not locked up in detention centers. We call for the Trump administration to abandon the cruel, illegal, immoral and unjustified practice of separating families seeking protection at our borders, including those who are fleeing persecution in their home countries.
The Session of Bethany Presbyterian Church
2400 Rosewood Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066
June 19, 2019