The Hispanic/Latinx National Presbyterian Caucus and the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II, General Assembly Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U,S.A.) have issued a statement in response to President Trump’s comments earlier this week referring to certain immigrants as “animals.”
The complete text of the statement, issued May 18:
Joint Statement from the Hispanic/Latinx National Presbyterian Caucus and the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), along with the rest of the United States, continues to experience the tearing apart of our social fabric by a president who insists on using inflammatory and divisive language about immigrants in this country. Faithful Presbyterians believe humans are created in God's very own image, and each should be afforded equal respect and dignity.
Calling certain immigrants to the U.S. “animals” demonstrates yet again President Donald Trump’s xenophobia. The fact that President Trump defended his callous remark later on simply underscores his lack of statesmanship.
The PC(USA) stands with all our sisters and brothers who have immigrated to the U.S. Whatever the reasons that brought them to these shores, each person deserves to be treated as a human being and accorded that basic right.