Statement from His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos

The Northeast American Diocese joins the numerous religious organizations and ecumenical bodies who have strongly voiced their opposition to the separation of immigrant families.

His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Metropolitan of the Northeast American Diocese, issued a statement on the Zero Tolerance Illegal Immigration Policy:

"We are disturbed at the images of innocent children weeping as they are separated from their parents. There are civil laws which safeguard and protect the citizens of any land. But are we keeping these innocent children safe? Are we protecting them, as officials separate them from their parents - regardless of what laws they may, or may not, have transgressed? What our government officials are doing to the children of such immigrants are inhumane and can be emotionally destructive.

Once upon a time, the Malankara Church in this country was a faith community in diaspora. Our people came to this land celebrating its freedom, and the promise that all men are due certain inalienable rights, liberties, and protection by our government - especially for our children. Today, it appears that this promise has disappeared for these precious children.

The Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church pleads to our federal government. We call upon our government to preserve the dignity of these families and assure them the basic human rights they deserve, and to reconsider this government policy of zero tolerance.

We encourage all who embrace the sacredness of human life, to call upon our leaders to protect these vulnerable children, and to respect their dignity as children of God."

Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos
Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church

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