JSPAN Urges End to Raids Targeting Asylum Seekers

JSPAN President Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, acting on behalf of JSPAN, has joined with area clergy, faith leaders and women religious leaders in Pennsylvania, in a letter-writing program urging President Obama, Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") Director Sarah Saldana and PA ICE Field Office Director Thomas Decker to immediately stop ICE raids targeting Central American families seeking asylum.

Nearly 300 clergy members across the Philadelphia area have signed a letter protesting recent "ICE raids" - a series of actions by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to deport Central American immigrants living in America without legal permission. The letter was first reported by Al Dia News Media which said 121 immigrants had been netted in the raids since around Christmas time.
Obama Administration officials have defended the raids.

But in the letter, the clergy collectively called the forced deportations "unconscionable." To review the full letter by The New Sanctuary Movement in Philadelphia together with a list of signatories, click here.