After the Trump administration announced on ‘separating children from their parents at the border’ and to ‘deny asylum on a routine basis’ to victims of domestic abuse and gang violence, conservative religious leaders are now expressing sharp disapproval of the Trump administration. Religious leaders are the same evangelicals and Roman Catholics who helped President Trump who supported Trump for his idea of limitation of abortion and who advocate the rights of religious believers but now the religious leaders are against the Trump administration. Rev. Franklin Graham (son of the famed evangelist Rev. Billy Graham and an outspoken defender of President Trump) had an interview on Tuesday on the Christian Broadcasting Network said, “ I think it’s disgraceful, it’s terrible to see families ripped apart and I don’t support that one bit.” He didn’t blame President Trump forimmigration policies that tear families apart or leave them in danger but instead he said, “ I blame the politicians for the last 20, 30 years that have allowed this to escalate to where it is today.”
On June 1 a coalition of evangelical groups including the National Association of Evangelicals and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities sent a letter to President Trump to act on protecting the unity of families and to not close any asylum for immigrants and refugees who are escaping for danger. On Tuesday The Southern Baptist Convention (a conservative evangelical denomination the nation’s largest Protestant church) had a meeting in Dallas calling for the immigrationreforms that issues “the priority of family unity.” The measures for the immigration reform will called for both securing the nations boarders and providing a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants living the U.S. The immigration reform passed by unanimous vote of thousands of delegates in the conference room.
The Rev. Alan Cross, a Southern Baptist minister from Montgomery, Alabama, who works on immigration issues, and attended the meeting, said, “It was motivated by what is happening at the border with parents and children being separated, and messengers were affected by that and submitted resolutions.” The Southern Baptist who have white evangelicals according to the polls are strong supporters of President Trump’s moves to limit immigration. On Wednesday the nation’s Roman Catholic bishop, held a meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a statement that cast asylum as a “right to life” issues. president of the United States Catholic bishops’ conference and archbishop of Galveston-Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo criticized a recent decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions those women who are getting away from domestic violence and those families who are getting away from gang violence will not be eligible for asylum. Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Tucson, Ariz. suggested to the meeting that “canonical penalties” be imposed on Catholics “who are involved” in the policies of family separations. Canonical penalties can involve denial of the eucharist or even excommunication. Cardinal Joseph Newark suggested that delegation of bishops should go to the border to inspect the detention centers where children are being held.