#Breaking: MIAMI NEW TIMES: "Republicans claim to be a party of good old Christian values."

MIAMI NEW TIMES: "Forty Religious Leaders Ask Miami-Dade to Reject Gimenez's Sanctuary City Ban"




Republicans claim to be a party of good old Christian values. They take photos at church, post prayer psalms on Twitter, install unqualified Christian moonbats to run the Department of Education (see: DeVos, Betsy), and quote Jesus in public whenever it's convenient. But despite the fact that Jesus spent about 95 percent of his time helping the poor and downtrodden, his name hasn't really come up during the GOP's crackdowns on war refugees and poor immigrants this year.

So perhaps getting scolded by literally scores of priests, rabbis, reverends, imams, and faith leaders will be enough to persaude Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to overturn his recent order declaring that Miami-Dade is not a "sanctuary" county to comply with Donald Trump's increasing crackdown on immigrants, both undocumented and legal.

Today, 40 Miami-based religious leaders signed a letter asking Miami-Dade to overturn Gimenez's decision. After weeks of controversy, the County Commission will hold a special meeting this Friday to debate whether to overrule the mayor.

The signatures come from male and female priests, rabbis, imams, and even a few archdeacons, including one from the large Episcopal Diocese of South Florida, which stretches from Key West to Martin County. The massive list also includes Randolph P. McGrorty, the executive director of Miami's Catholic Legal Services, which helps aid poor immigrants and refugees in South Florida.
The letter was hand-delivered to every member of the Miami-Dade Commission today.

The list represents the second massive open letter to Gimenez this month. Earlier in February, 48 civil rights groups and legal experts said Gimenez's January 26 decision, which came one day after Trump issued an executive order threatening to withhold federal money from areas that refuse to comply with requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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And now, Gimenez has drawn the ire of a decent piece of the city's religious community.

"As a community of immigrants, whether it be our neighbors, our congregants, or our families, we know that we are strongest when we stand together and lift up the most vulnerable among us," the letter says. "We are disheartened by the recent decision by Mayor Carlos Gimenez to overturn the detainer-policy resolution unanimously adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in 2013."

Though Gimenez and Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez have stressed that county cops will not act as ICE agents for Trump, the president has been open about his desire to deputize local cops to hunt down undocumented people. 

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"We embrace the faith principle of welcoming the stranger, and we call on you, our county commissioners, to advance policies that are inclusive and welcoming and that strengthen local protections for affected members of our community," the letter says.


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