ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has released a statement addressing the recent deaths of children in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “Children coming to our nation for safety and protection are still dying at our southern border while in U.S. detention,” the statement read in part.

“I am deeply dismayed by the deaths of these children, made in the image of God, who came to our southern border as refugees and asylum seekers to ask us for protection. As a nation we denied them that safety, instead placing them in detention facilities, sometimes for months.”

Read the full statement.

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