Immigration call to action

Early Thursday morning, September 10th, six ICE officers showed up to the home of Binsar and Eko Siahaan--a home located on our church property--and, without warning or honest explanation, took Binsar into custody. They transported him to Baltimore and then to Georgia, and are seeking his immediate removal. Originally from Indonesia and in the United States for 29 years, Binsar and Eko have a pending motion to reopen their strong case for asylum on religious grounds. They have been cooperative with all check-ins and requirements, and were taken completely by surprise--and terror--when officers entered their home before 7:00am and began searching it. 

Eko and Binsar have two minor children who are U.S. citizens, and the whole family is active and beloved in their church. They have been caring meticulously for the church building since the pandemic began: dusting and vacuuming the empty pews; planting gardens outside the sanctuary; and, just days before he was arrested, Binsar, noticing that the American flag outside the church was tattered, purchased a more durable one, he said, "to fly with more pride."

 

This flag cannot be flown with pride when human rights are violated so flagrantly and families are torn apart with impunity. We ask that you join us in holding ICE accountable for its actions as we call for Binsar's immediate release and return to his wife, children, and church.

Please join us in calling ICE offices:

Georgia Field Office

Director: Thomas Giles

Atlanta ERO Field Office

Atlanta.Outreach@ice.dhs.gov

(404) 893-1210

“Hello, my name is ___________________ from ___(city/town)___. I am a United Methodist and I am calling regarding the immigration case of a Silver Spring, MD resident named Binsar Siahaan. Thursday morning, six ICE officers showed up to the home of Binsar and Eko Siahaan--a home located on the property of Glenmont United Methodist Church--and, without warning or honest explanation, took Binsar into custody and sent him to the detention center in Georgia with one of the highest covid rates in the country. Originally from Indonesia, Binsar and Eko have a pending motion to reopen their strong asylum case on religious grounds. They have two US citizen children; have been cooperative with all check-ins and requirements for more than 15 years; and have no criminal history.  Binsar and Eko are devoted parents. They are active, beloved members of Glenmont United Methodist Church and their community.  Their children, friends, and community need them. 

We ask for the immediate release of Binsar until his case is heard in court."

“We oppose immigration policies [and practices] that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children, and we call on local churches to be in ministry with immigrant families.” 

United Methodist Social Principles ¶162.H

‘Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.’ Then all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’
Deuteronomy 27:19
Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.
Zechariah 7:9-10
Glenmont United Methodist Church
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12901 Georgia Avenue

Silver Spring, MD 20906

301.946.5577