Evangelicals Tell Trump: Don’t Deport Christians to Face Genocide in Iraq
With the fate of 199 Iraqi nationals on hold while a Detroit court hears a lawsuit, a group of evangelical leaders has sent the Trump administration a simple message: Don’t deport Christians into genocide. “We write urgently and with grave concern that Christians will be removed from the United States to face potential persecution, and even death, in the Middle East,” begins an open letter addressed to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and signed by the seven leaders of the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT). Two of the letters signatories, Sandy Levin and Brenda Lawrence, appeared at a rally last Friday in Detroit protesting the arrests. A nearly identical letter, delivered to Vice President Mike Pence by former senator Bob Dole, was signed by more than a dozen Chaldean, Assyrian, and Jewish leaders, as well as politicians and a retired US Army colonel. The recent message from the evangelical figureheads turned the heat up still further.