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Rev. Al Sharpton speaks with Haitian refugees at the encampment in Del Rio, Texas through an interpreter.
Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and a delegation of faith leaders traveled to Del Rio, Texas, on Thursday, September 23rd and prayed with Haitian refugees, toured the medical facility at the encampment and talked to some of therefugees through an interpreter about the crisis.
Among those present included Rev. Freddie Haynes, Senior Pastor Friendship West Baptist Church, Dallas, TX, Former U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, Jennifer Jones Austin, Chair NYC Racial Justice Commission, CEO of FPWA (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies) and Rev. Jamal Bryant, Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA.
According to Rev. Sharpton “It was heart-wrenching to see the desperation of the families in these conditions. While under the bridge encampment, the refugees expressed to me through an interpreter their journey of fleeing violence, destruction, and the economic devastation due to the earthquake. We have called for a full investigation of the situation, for Border Patrol to be held accountable for these atrocities, along with immediate clarity and action from the Administration on their Asylum policies. The President must transform good rhetoric to good policy.”