A group of various religious leaders met at the San Diego-Tijuana border this week in support of migrant rights, claiming “love knows no borders.” It was a remarkable display of action over anti-migrant rhetoric.
Interfaith leaders have joined forces to protest the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border this week — many putting their bodies on the line to support migrants’ right to seek asylum.
America’s southern border has been the site of many faith-based rallies against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies over the past few months. However, the size and religious diversity of Monday’s demonstration set it apart from previous protests.
More than 300 people, including imams, rabbis, nuns, pastors, Quakers, and indigenous faith leaders, marched to a beach near Friendship Park, a federally owned site where separated families have gathered for years to speak through a metal mesh fence that divides San Diego and Tijuana. In recent months, Border Patrol agents have placed more restrictions on access to the park.
It’s not surprising that these religious groups have quite a bit in common. They’re wisely focusing on their shared goals instead of arguing the differences — something atheist groups have also done with religious organizations during this administration in particular. In this case, Quakers, rabbis, and imams share sacred stories about their ancestors being forced into slavery and trying to find their way out of the wilderness. All three groups also share a belief that all human beings are made in the image of the Creator and follow a command to love their neighbors as they do themselves.
These protests won’t end until International Migrants’ Day on Dec. 18.
It’s an excellent example of what actually makes America great.
(Screenshot via HuffPo)