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TOPSHOT - Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- run along the Tijuana River near the El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, near US-Mexico border, after the US border patrol threw tear gas from the distance to disperse them after an alleged verbal dispute, on November 25, 2018. - US officials closed the San Ysidro crossing point in southern California on Sunday after hundreds of migrants, part of the "caravan" condemned by President Donald Trump, tried to breach a fence from Tijuana, authorities announced. (Photo by GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The world was shocked when border patrol agents – on orders from the Trump administration – launched tear gas at asylum seekers attempting to cross the border. Pictures showed the immigrants – many of whom were children – covering their eyes and running away from the gas.

Now, the United Methodist Church Building in Washington, D.C. is joining the chorus of voices against violence toward asylum seekers.

The sign alludes to Matthew 25:35, which reads:

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

The UMC Building is located next to the Supreme Court building and only a short walk from the Capitol, so it’s likely that many lawmakers will see the sign.

Twitter praised the message.


Some called on Evangelical Christians – many of whom support Trump – to follow the church’s message.

This isn’t the first sign the UMC building has brandished to criticize the actions at the border.

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