Rev. Al Sharpton holds press conference with religious leaders in McAllen

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Religious leaders from across the country came to show solidarity with immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the border.

Religious leaders from across the country came to show solidarity with immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the border.

“Where are the children now? Who were separated? And who will reunite them with their families and what will the guarantee be?” asked Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, a member of the visiting interfaith group and director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

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Among the religious leaders visiting the Rio Grande Valley was the Rev. Al Sharpton. 

After the Trump administration signed an executive order stopping the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border, Sharpton says the order doesn’t completely stop immigration procedures the current administration began enforcing.

“There are over 2,000 families that have already been separated,” Sharpton said. “They are not even referred to in the executive order. If you read the text, nor has [Trump] verbally said what are we are going to do specifically to reunite those families.”

A group comprised of rabbis, imams, pastors and priests, all repeated their similar views that the separation of children from their parents was unjust.

“And we have to come together as family of the Lord – as people of the Lord, to give them welcome and to do what the gospel is telling us to do,” said Fr. Mario Avilés, Brownsville Diocese auxiliary bishop.

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