The Rev. William Barber called out evangelical Christians who back President Donald Trump’s family separation police.
The North Carolina pastor and NAACP official appeared Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where he blasted the president’s border policies as abhorrent and sinful.
“I’ve been to the border, I was there,” Barber said, “actually walked in the middle of the Rio Grande with a family, a woman who had not seen her husband or children for 16 years.”
The pastor said he had visited children being held in detention camps at the border after being taken from their parents.
“This is a sin of the highest order,” Barber said. “I’m a Christian evangelical, I grew up in the Christian faith, and one of the most clear public policies that you’re supposed to engage in as a just society is fairness toward the strangers, immigrants.”
He said the Trump administration’s immigration policy was plainly racist.
“We see this happening,” Barber said, “and this attack on children — we know it’s brown children, it wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t brown children at the southern border — is white supremacy, white nationalism, being implemented in our public policy right in front of our faces.”