Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry joined more than 20 other interfaith religious leaders in June to issue a statement “to express our collective outrage and pain over the tragic loss of precious children” attempting to reach asylum in the United States from the Mexico border.

“Children coming to our nation for safety and protection are dying at our southern border while in U.S. detention,” they wrote, citing several recent examples.

“These migrants have left their communities to provide safety for their children and protect them from harm. Sadly, as a nation we have denied them safety, instead placing them in detention facilities, sometimes long after the mandated 72-hour limit. Many detention centers are overcrowded and lack sanitation, further elevating the risk of serious health issues for migrants already stressed and weakened by their journeys.”

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