End arbitrary deportations, bans
Thursday, May 24, 2018
I noted in Sunday’s Daily Reflector that Rev. Bob Hudak is retiring as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. I am glad he will enjoy a respite from his pastoral duties and know he will remain active in the eastern Carolina community he lives in.
Although we in the Coalition Against Racism have disagreed at times with Hudak on the manner in which to seek justice, fairness and equality of opportunity, we never questioned his sincerity in advocating for the same. On Mothers’ Day, Rev. Hudak’s impassioned plea to “protect all families by opposing immigration policies which harm and separate mothers from their children” appeared on the editorial page.
Just as poor people, especially those of color, have been vilified and scapegoated for the ills of America, immigrants have been targeted by manipulating fear of the “other.” Bosses are responsible for low pay and poor working conditions, not immigrants.
“Rather than celebrating the many ways immigrants enrich our communities,” as Rev. Hudak points out, this Administration in Washington, D.C., is denying entry and/or deporting parents. We join Rev. Hudak and all people of good will who support refugee resettlement, oppose the refugee bans and arbitrary deportations, and unite against unjust policies which harm and “cruelly separate families, neighbors and friends.”