Hiding From ICE In A Black Church | AJ+

They called me, I think, like 2 o’clock in the afternoon. By 7 o’clock that evening, Carmela and her four children were moving into the Church of the Advocate. It was an act of resistance against the tone in this country and the practice that was going on within the administration to attempt to continue to marginalize and criminalize people who are coming to this country for asylum. Who are coming here for safety and security. I have to resist it in any way that I can. And that’s also part of my faith. I believe that social justice work is part of the DNA of the Church of the Advocate. In 1968, we hosted a meeting of the Black Power conference [with] over 5,000 people. In 1970, it was a Constitutional convention of the Black Panther’s party, happened right here in this sanctuary. And then in 1974, we hosted the ordination of the first eleven women to the episcopal priesthood. We knew that we were also, to some extent, chartering new ground in terms of having an African-American congregation welcoming someone from Mexico, who was not a native English speaker, does not speak English at all. What we are doing is not harboring Carmela and her family. We’ve made it real clear from the moment that she stepped foot on the premises, that ICE officials, everybody who need to know that Carmela’s here, that has been public knowledge. So harboring for me suggests that we’ve been trying to conceal this. And we haven’t. If the officials want to come in and take possession of Carmela and her children, as long as they have the proper paperwork, they certainly have their right to do that.

37 thoughts on “Hiding From ICE In A Black Church | AJ+”

  1. They are human beings just like us and due to unfortunates happened, they had to face these kinds of obstacles, thinking of what they need to do in life's survival.

    While most of us here, having the handphone and connecting to Internet, bashing them for "illegal bla bla bla", well put yourself into their shoes and at least be considerate.

    Gosh, people are so mean these days!

  2. Advocating and advertising Black Panthers who weren't just against the government – they were killing white people for just being white – is not a good thing. What these "people of god" are aiming at is not just breaking the system but also extremist actions against white population of America. Terror against terror will only give birth to anarchy and total destruction. The true freedom is in revolution, not in anarchy and not in terror. America already has enough of terror enforced by those wealthy scumbags with power – these are the ones that must be terminated.

  3. Abolish ICE, abolish the police, abolish prisons, abolish borders, abolish capitalism, abolish the state! Read about anarchist communism, it's great.

  4. This is another example of the African Church in America standing up for people in the face of bigotry, injustice and hate……
    Stand firm remember Isaiah 10:1……Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees………

  5. I don't want to say they are bad people but the reverend and the church goers are bad. They unjustly used religion in a wrong way. Church should not have black Panthers because they are bad

  6. No matter what race or religion, There should never be hate regardless of any situation. People are people. God bless everyone.

  7. Just hope people know that harboring a fugitive is illegal and the church has whatever’s coming for them. My problem is why these people feel obligated to live in the United States if they are entering illegally.

  8. These Mexicans would not heip help black people like this. This pastor is breaking the law. Would you harbor any other criminals that is running the law. The pastor o s making a difference.

  9. What's. up this pastor.your haboring fugitive in her church the right do is have her turn herself in to the ICE.That just she she's not so Godlike. Then having the Black Panthers in there

  10. Here in mexico we don't even want them, but I guess our sjw and "chairos" (left wing idiots) want them so i guess it's universal to hate illegals and love illegals but trust me. no one one here wants illegals neither want them ilegally crossing. they're mostly from centeramerica

  11. So she's fleeing criminal gangs in her native country. Shouldn't the government of that country in conjunction with law enforcement deal with that?

  12. If churches are going to offer sanctuary, they should no longer be given tax free status because they are no linger following separation of church & state. You are harboring a criminal.

  13. White people tend to forget black folks have opinions about open borders. This is the feelings of Booker T Washington 1895.to those of the white race who look to the incoming of those of foreign birth and strange tongue and habits, I say cast down your bucket where you are. Cast it down among the 8 millions of negroes.. Who shall stand by you with devotion no foreigner can approach, ready to lay down their lives, if need be in defense of yours, interlacing our industrial, commercial, cival and religious lives with yours in a way that shall make the interests of both races one. Booker T was against foreigners coming here and taking the jobs and opportunities that belong the black Americans.

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