“To all the faithful of the Chaldean Community,
Please disregard all the different statements that claim to say what I said, this is my first official communication to the Chaldean Community.
Yesterday was a very strange and painful day for our community in America. With the many Chaldeans that were awakened by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and consequently picked up for deportation, there is a lot of confusion and anger.
What the Church has been doing is working with the many agencies to try to stop this bleeding. We are currently contacting and working with the following:
Senators and Congressmen(women)
The Iraqi Embassy
Other agencies where an injunction may be filed to keep anyone from being deported
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Talking points that we are bringing up:
The Church does not oppose justice, all hardened criminals that are a danger to society should be picked up.
Many who were picked up are not hardened criminals but for the last decades have been great citizens
The Genocide bill that was just passed by Congress last week to protect Christians goes against this very thing.
This will take a lot of effort but acting in disrespectful ways in front of the federal building only bring harm and not good. We understand the pain that many members of our community are going through but motional outbursts will not bring change.
Please get the official statements from this source and no other.
Thanks and let’s pray for God’s blessings to rain down on us,
Bishop Francis Kalabat