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February 12, 2019

The Honorable Tim Kaine
Russell Senate Office Building
231 Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Mark Warner
703 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senators Kaine and Warner,

As clergy leaders within the metropolitan D.C. area and members of Faith in Action- DMV Sanctuary Congregations Network we petition you to provide vital leadership and assistance to Rosa Gutierrez Lopez, a resident of Fredericksburg, Virginia and your constituent, who has recently taken sanctuary at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

Our network represents over 60 congregations reaching tens of thousands of constituents within the region who are committed to providing solidarity with immigrant neighbors, friends, and families who fear being detained, deported, or profiled.  Although we come from various faith traditions, collectively, we are called by the sacred texts of our faiths which urge us to love our neighbors and to deeply value family unity, and challenge injustice.

We wish to express our deep concern about the potential for Rosa to be separated from her three, U.S. citizen children, and forced to return to danger and instability in her home country of El Salvador. She should not be a priority for deportation. Rosa is the sole caretaker of her children, the youngest of whom has Down Syndrome and a host of other serious health concerns. All of his doctors are here, some of whom have written to elected officials on Rosa’s behalf urging them to allow her to remain in the country for her children’s sake. Rosa is a 13-year resident of Virginia and is a caring and responsible member of our community. Rosa was granted Deferred Action twice by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

We know that there are thousands of immigration cases out there that deserve the same support and attention we are seeking for Rosa, and that no one has enough time to address each one. However, since Rosa has taken public sanctuary and her story has been covered by large media outlets (The Washington Post, NPR, etc.), her case presents an incredible opportunity for you to take a stand in support of immigrant families in Virginia. In a time when our current administration is separating thousands of children from their parents and jailing them as a deterrence to stop immigration, we need our senators from Virginia to reject the bait from a president who makes false claims about violence at the border and demonizes immigrants, regardless of status, at every opportunity.

Will you stand with Rosa and her family? Here is how you can help:

  • Work with Rosa’s legal team to file the stay of removal.
  • Call the director of ICE in Virginia and speak with her about the case and ask for a stay.
  • Meet with Rosa and her children.
  • Join a vigil or public action to show support for Rosa.
  • Write an OpEd in support of Rosa.

Again, we urge you to employ the greatest abilities of yourselves and your office to protect Rosa from deportation. Her children and her community need her!  We sincerely believe that publicly demonstrating your support for Rosa’s freedom will go a long way to create a more unified Virginia.

In Faith,

Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church

 

Rev. Katie Romano Griffin, Minister

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church

 

Rev. Alexis Kassim

Little River UCC

 

Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church

 

Rev. Julio Hernandez, Director of Family Ministries

Christ Crossman UMC

 

Sister Ann Scholz

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

 

Sister Patricia McDermott, President

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

 

Jean Stokan, Justice Team Coordinator

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

 

Pastor Byron Tyler Coles

Unitarian Universalist

 

Senior Rabbi Jonathan Roos

Temple Sinai of Washington, DC

 

Rev. David Miller, Senior Minister

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax

 

Rabbi Jeffrey Saxe

Temple Rodef Shalom

 

Reverend Cynthia Lapp

Hyattsville Mennonite Church

 

Rabbi Amy Schwartzman

Temple Rodef Shalom

 

Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein

Temple Rodef Shalom

 

Rev. Stephen Price

First Baptist Church of Hyattsville

 

Rev. Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader

Washington Ethical Society

 

Pastor Ellen Jennings

Cleveland Park Congregational UCC

 

Associate Pastor Michelle Burkholdet

Hyattsville Mennonite Church

 

Rev. Kim McDowell

Church of the Brethren, University Park

 

Rev. Maria Swearingen

Calvary Baptist Church

 

Rev. Rachel Christensen, Minister

Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

 

Rev. Megan Foley

Central East Region, Unitarian Universalist Association

 

Sr. Marie Lucey, Associate Director

Franciscan Action Network

 

Mr. Jason Miller

Franciscan Action Network

 

Imam Ali Siddiqui

Muslim Institute – Interfaith Studies & Understanding

 

Sister Patricia Chappell, Executive Director

Pax Christi USA

 

Scott Wright, Director

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

 

Rev. Julia Jarvis

United Church of Christ Minister

 

Rev. Dr. Terence Ellen

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Greater Cumberland

 

Eli McCarthy, Director of Justice and Peace

Conference of Superiors of Men (Catholic) / St. Camillus Parish

 

Pastor Emeritus Jerrold Foltz

Wellspring United Church of Christ

 

Rev. Laura Martin

Rock Spring UCC

 

Senior Pastor Kathryn Nystrand Dwyer

Rock Spring Congregational UCC

 

Acting Associate Conference Minister Alexander Vishio

Central Atlantic Conference – United Church of Christ

 

Pastor Sherri Wood-Powe

UMC

 

Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director

Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

 

Rev. Barbara Gerlach

First Congregational United Church of Christ – DC

 

Rev. Chaim Rodriguez

Iglesia Cristiana Nacional (Discípulos de Cristo)

 

Rev. Dr. J. Michael McMahon

National City Christian Church

 

Dr. Robert W. Perry

North Chevy Chase Christian Church

 

Minister Norman Allen

Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church

 

Rev. Nathan Hill

University Christian Church

 

Regional Minister Allen V. Harris

Christian Church Capital Area / Shepherd Park Christian Church

 

The Reverend Charlotte Lehmann

Bull Run Unitarian Universalist

 

Rabbi Dr. Charles L Arian

 

Rev. Lyn Cox, Interim Minister

Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring

 

Rev. Dr. Woodrow Rea, Senior Minister

The Inter-Faith Chapel

 

Rev. Robert Hardies

All Souls Church

 

Seminarian Peter Schmitt

All Saints Episcopal/Frederick

 

Linda Miller

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Frederick, MD

 

Rev. Betsy Hague

St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church

 

Mary E. Hunt

Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)

 

Merikay Smith, Interfaith Outreach

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kentlands Ward

 

Pastor Valerie Showalter

Shalom Mennonite Congregation

 

Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner, Minister

Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

 

The Rev. Stuart E. Schadt, Rector

Trinity Episcopal Church, Manassas, Va

 

Rev. M. Logan

Brethren, Cross Keys

 

Rev. Sarabeth Goodwin

Episcopal Diocese of Washington / St. Mary Magdalene

 

Rabbi Gerald Serotta

 

Rabbi Charles Feinberg

Interfaith Action for Human Rights

 

Rabbi Deborah B Cohen

Beth Chai

 

The Rev. Linda M Kaufman

St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church

 

Reverend Grace Cangialosi

Grace Church, Stanardsville, VA

 

The Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles

Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, Burke, VA

 

Rev. Charles Booker

Bethesda Presbyterian Church

 

Minister Alexa Fraser

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling

 

Rabbi Gilah Langner

Kol Ami: the Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Jewish Community

 

Rev. Rebekah A. Savage

UU Congregation of Rockville, MD

 

Ellen Nelson

St Augustine

 

Jeffrey E Rhodes, Member

Wellspring UCC

 

Co-director Diann L Neu

WATER

 

Rabbi Aaron Potek

 

Rev. Dr. Leah Grundset Davis

Ravensworth Baptist Church, Annandale, Va.

 

Rev. Dr. Eliezer Valentin-Castanon, Senior Pastor

Trinity UMC

 

Sandra Ovalle, Immigration Campaign Coordinator

Sojourners

 

Rabbi Lia Bass

Congregation Etz Hayim

 

Rabbi Emerita Rosalind A. Gold

Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation

 

Rev. Giovanni Arroyo

UMC

 

Rabbi Rain

Jewish Renewal

 

Rev. Heather Olson

Lisbon UMC

 

Rabbi Shira Stutman

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

 

Pastoral Associate /Priest Nancy Steakley Hildebrand

Church of the Ascension, Gaithersburg, MD

 

Rev Michele Hagans

Episcopal Diocese of Washington

 

The Reverend Ann Moczydlowski

Transfiguration Parish (Episcopal), Silver Spring

 

Rev. Dr. Peter Antoci

Episcopal Church

 

Rabbi Hannah Goldstein

Temple Sinai

 

Pastor Beth OMalley

Columbia United Christian Church

 

Reverend Otto H. Hentz, SJ

Jesuit Community, Georgetown University

 

Rabbi Derek Rosenbaum, Teacher

Charles E Smith Jewish Day School

 

Rev. Dr. Cheryl L. Tatham

North Chevy Chase Christian Church

 

Pastor Rev. Jennifer Wilder

Broadview Community United Church of Christ

 

Rev. Dr. Christopher L. Zacharias

John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church

 

Rev. Frederick A. Wenner, Pastor Emeritus

Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ, Frederick, Maryland

 

Father Jacek Orzechowski

Roman Catholic/ Franciscans

 

Minister of Pastoral Care Rebecca Parker

All Souls Church, Unitarian, Washington DC

 

Rev. David Hollenbach

Georgetown University / Holy Trinity Church

 

Rev. Mark Granfors-Hunt

Wellspring United Church of Christ

 

Dr. Anthony Hunt, Senior Pastor

Epworth Chapel, Baltimore

 

Assistant Rector Scott Lipscomb

St. Mark’s, Capitol Hill

 

Dr. Pippin Whitaker, Ministerial Intern

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax

 

Rev. Charlene Belsom Zellmer

DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network

 

Terri Murphy, Director of Christian Formation

Ascension Episcopal Church, Silver Spring, MD

 

Pastor Philip Curran

Columbia United Christian Church

 

Reverend Cynthia G Mason

Columbia United Christian Church

 

Ms Carmen Catrera

All Souls Unitarian Universalist

 

Reverend Yolanda Pupo-Ortiz

Epworth United Methodist Church

 

The Reverend Peter Jarrett-Schel

Calvary Episcopal Church

 

Ms Joey Hoffman, CS, Practitioner and Healer

Christian Science Society of Frederick, MD

 

The Rev. Emily Guthrie

Christ Church Parish Kensington

 

Rev. Julie Wilson

United Methodist Church

 

The Rev. Alex Dyer, Priest in Charge

St. Thomas Parish, Dupont Circle

 

Rev. Ben Roberts

Foundry UMC

 

Louisa Potts, Teacher

All Saints’ Episcopal Church

 

Dr. Kathleen Kenney

St. Anne’s Catholic Church

 

Rev. Ken Brooker-Langston

Michigan Park Christian Church

 

Rev. Steven Baines

National City Christian Church

 

Bro. Brian McLauchlin

Divine Word Missionaries

 

Rabbi Rami Schwartzer, Community Outreach Rabbi, Arlington

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

 

Rev. Karen Mann

Sojourners UCC

 

The Rev Susan K Walker

St Stephen and the Incarnation

 

Rev. Dr. Susan A Minasian

Sojourners United Church of Christ

 

The Rev. Richard Mosson Weinberg, Associate Rector

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, DC

 

Rev. Amanda Beresford

Sojourners, UCC

 

Reverend Iris M. Osorio

Iglesia del Nazareno, Fredericksburg

 

Reverend Walter R. Cruz

Iglesia del Nazareno, Fredericksburg

 

Sr. Aine O’Connor, Councilor, Institute Leadership Team

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

 

Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart

Calvary Episcopal Church

 

Reverend Scott Hirano, Chaplain

Innovage PACE Blue Ridge

 

Rabbi Esther Lederman

Temple Micah

 

Reverend Laura Divers

United Church of Christ

 

Rev. Seth Wispelwey, Directing Minister

Restoration Village Arts/United Church of Christ

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