MARCHA Statement on Recent and Ongoing ICE Raids

central-america-child-migrants.png1/20/2016 – MARCHA, the official Hispanic Latino caucus in the United Methodist Church, protests the cruel and unjust raids that are being carried out by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency that are targeting, mostly, children and women who arrived in the US fearing for their lives due to the extreme violence that has become endemic in the Central American nations. Raids, held many times, in the middle of the night that not only terrorize children and families that are already traumatized, but also separates families and places those being deported in an incredible danger as they are returned to the horrific situations that they left.

As Christians who are commanded by our scriptures to “love justice and practice kindness” (Micah 6:8) and to protect the estranger in our midst (Exodus 22:21), we cannot remain silent in the face of such injustice and call on President Obama to immediately stop these deportation raids. We also call on all our United Methodist sisters and brothers and all people of faith to join us in opposing these unjust and dangerous actions carried out by ICE.

For more information contact Bishop Elias Galvan, Executive Director at


  1. Kathy Olalde says:

    These appalling raids must stop immediately! These people should be given endangered refugee status and should NOT be deported back to the hell they came from. President Obama, PLEASE end these raids immediately.

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