Over the past 24 hours I have been communicating with synod and local Dallas interfaith and ecumenical organizations and leaders on how we as faith communities can respond and be of assistance in providing hospitality for the 3,000 young men (15-17) who are being relocated here to ease crowding in facilities on the border.
Just this afternoon I spoke with Bishop Greg Kelly (RC Diocese of Dallas) and Bishop Mike McKee (UMC) as well gaining valuable information. We also are reaching out to County Judge Clay Jenkins and city officials through Faith Forward Dallas and Dallas Area Interfaith.
FEMA is charged with providing for the basic physical needs of these young men. It will be part of our role to ensure they are treated humanely and will no doubt be asked to help provide for the spiritual and mental well being of these youth in our midst.
These young men have traveled harrowing journeys, often from Central America, and seek legal admission into the United States. As I learn more we will communicate ways we can be of support and provide Christian hospitality and witness. #NTNL #InMissionTogether