Nat’l Action Network sends clergy to Texas amid immigration crisis

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Members of the National Action Network flew out of New York to Texas Wednesday evening to offer guidance and counseling to children in immigration detention centers.

Many of them say they are appalled by the images and recordings of children being taken from their parents by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Before they left, they met with News 12.

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"Children in the United States of America in cages is not the image that we have fought so hard to create," says Kirsten John Foy, a minister and member of NAN. "It's not the nation that so many people have shed their blood and died to create."

President Donald Trump reversed his administration's practice of splitting families with an executive order earlier Wednesday, but NAN says people in duress at the border need spiritual counseling.

"This policy is taking its toll on everyone," Foy says. "Even those who are running these facilities are emotionally and spiritually taxed by having to deal with this crisis."

At least 40 clergy members from around the country planned to rally at the detention center in McAllen, Texas, which reportedly is housing the most children.

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