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Join Faith Leaders in Responding to the Trump Administration’s Decision to End Temporary Protected Status for the Haitian Community

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On Monday, November 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that in July of 2019 it will end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from Haiti. TPS is an immigration status providing employment authorization and deportation protection for people who cannot safely return to their home countries due to environmental and social crises. The decision has significant implications for Massachusetts, which is home to more than 4,700 Haitians with TPS who have lived in the U.S. for an average of 15 years.

In the past three months, the Trump administration has terminated TPS for three countries – Sudan, Nicaragua and Haiti. These decisions to end TPS are not based on changed circumstances in the home countries; in Haiti, for example, public health, food and housing insecurities, and fragile governmental supports continue to present serious risks and dangers. These decisions, alongside other changed immigration policies and vitriolic rhetoric, make clear the administration’s desire to push immigrants out of this country. Moreover, our government keeps on edge those immigrants from El Salvador and Honduras protected by TPS as a decision regarding the extension of their TPS is still forthcoming.

We speak out because this targeting of our immigrant neighbors cannot be normalized. As people of faith we recognize these actions oppose God's love for humanity

The sacred scriptures of Christianity remind us that the Earth belongs to God, and that justice is not to be withheld from the widows, immigrants, orphans, or poor people. As Christians, we follow Jesus’ example and commit to loving our neighbor by building bridges not walls, broadening our boundaries rather than closing them, and witnessing God in the lives of our disinherited neighbors and friends. Therefore, we urge all people of faith to hear the voices of immigrant people calling for justice, and to boldly oppose the decision to end TPS.

As a result of these decisions, nearly 12,000 Salvadorans, Hondurans, and Haitians living in Massachusetts face a more dangerous and more uncertain future. For our immigrant neighbors, these actions will lead to the loss of homes and the separation of parents from children. It is time for people of faith to join immigrant leaders like MIRA and Centro Presente who have spent years fighting for permanent protection for immigrants. We are urging our public leaders to create a fair pathway to permanent protection.

Our faith assures us that God can and will show up mightily in times of uncertainty to
accomplish more than we imagine. Our ideals and our faith compel us to act.

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts
The Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Massachusetts
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Douglas Fisher, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
The Rt. Rev. Bud Cederholm, Retired Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Massachusetts
The Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris, Retired Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Massachusetts
The Social Justice Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
The Rev. Arrington Chambliss, Episcopal City Mission
Natalie E. Finstad, Episcopal City Mission
Yani Burgos, Episcopal City Mission
The Rev. Dr. Michael Melendez, Episcopal City Mission
The Rev. Tim Crellin, St Stephen’s, South End
The Rev. Liz Steinhauser, St Stephen’s, South End
The Rev. Marisa Egerstrom, St, Paul’s, Holyoke
The Rev. Edwin Johnson, St. Mary’s, Dorchester
The Rev Matt Stewart, Church of the Holy Spirit Fall River
The Rev. Jacqueline Clark, St. Elizabeth’s Sudbury
The Rev. Holly Hartman, Grace Episcopal Church, Everett
The Rev. D Littlepage, Roxbury-Dorchester Episcopal Mission Hub
The Rev. Amy McCreath, Church of Good Shepherd, Watertown
The Rev. Dave Woessner, St. Michael's on the Heights, Worcester
The Rev. Canon Tina Rathbone, MANNA, the Cathedral of St. Paul
The Rev. Isaac Everett, Boston-Cambridge Episcopal Mission Hub
Katie Capurso Ernst, The Mission Institute
Dr. Diane D’Souza, The Mission Institute
The Rev. Andrew Goldhor, Church of Our Redeemer Lexington
The Rev. Darrell R. Hamilton, II, First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain
The Rev. Mary Catherine Young, Chaplain at NYU, The Episcopal Diocese of New York
The Rev. Richard Burden, All Saints Parish, Brookline
The Rev. Margot D Critchfield, Sandwich
The Rev. Holly L Antolini, St. James's Episcopal Church, Cambridge
The Rev. Lois Keen, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Waterbury
The Rev. Kate Cress, Church of Our Saviour, Somerset
The Rev. Lyn Campbell, St. Peter’s Church, Weston
Laura Walta, Office of Global Mission, The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
Laura Wagner, Mass Action Network, Marlborough
Jennifer McCracken, MANNA & St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Milton
Nancy McArdle, St. James's Episcopal Church, Cambridge
Barbara R. Dailey, Church of the Good Shepherd, Watertown
Barb Tennyson, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Milton
Tom Hamel, Grace Episcopal Church, Medford.
Daryl Mark, Trinity of Newton Centre, Newton
Jennifer Schley Johnson, Christ Church, Hamilton
Dori Pulizzi, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Bedford
Mike Stevens
Katherine McGuiness
Matt Israel
Karen Seiger
Dori Pulizzi
Sally Mavroides
The Reverend Luther Zeigler
The Rev. H. Mark Smith
Gail Weston-Roberts
The Rev. Christopher Morck
Suzanne Wade
Tania erlij
The Rev’d Daniel Bell
Susan Butler
Margaret Stevens
The Rev. Matthew R. Rasure
Steve Matthews
The Rev. Robert G. Windsor
The Rev. Patricia de Beer
The Rev. Rachael Pettengill-Rasure
Katie Sutton
The Rev. Ranjit K. Mathews
Frances Bean, Good Shepherd Church, Acton
Anne Shumway
Kelsey Rice Bogdan, Life Together Community
Cherish Casey
The Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird
Luke Abdow
Brett Johnson, Parish of the Epiphany
The Rev. Tim House
The Rev. Laura Harris-Adam
The Rev'd. Gretchen Grimshaw
The Rev. Victoria Ix
Angela Kelly
Janet Lane
Lindsey Hepler, Life Together
Kristina DeFrancesco
Phila Slade Member, North Parish of North Andover Unitarian Universalist
The Rev. Clifford R. Brown
Clark Taylor
Charles Dietrick
Sheila E. Mora
Charles Kitts
Bonnie Gorman RN
Ginger Ryan
The Rev. Deacon Lori Mills-Curran, ProGente Connections
Cynthia Heiland
Meg Holland
Leah Lockwood
Peggy Lynch
Richard W. Battsn III
Lynn Peterson
Diane Nassif
Lucia Frenkel
The Rev. Paula Toland
Rev. Dr. Deborah Lee Clark
Carol Lawton
Peggy Lynch
Lydia Strand
The Rev. Pamela L. Werntz
Magalis Troncoso Lama
The Rev. Samuel J. Smith, St. Paul's Episcopal, Stockbridge, MA
Ashley Anderson
Patty Shepard
The Rev. Nancy Webb Stroud, The Episcopal Church of the Atonement, Westfield, MA
Rachel Wheeler
Betsy McKenzie, COS, Milton
Carolyn Lynes
Elaine Hurlbut
The Rt. Rev. Jack M. McKelvey
The Rev. Won-Jae Hur
Linda D. Miller
Wendy Dennis
Laura Wagner
The Rev. Mary Catherine Young
Lois Keen
Matt Israel
Karen Seiger
The Rev. Patricia de Beer
The Rev. Ranjit K. Mathews
The Rev. Victoria Ix
Leah Lockwood
The Rev.. Jane A. Beebe
The Rev. Dr. Kristen Harper