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Church group alleges harrassment by border agents

Posted June 14, 2011
Updated June 15, 2011

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— Members of a Raleigh church plan to file a formal complaint against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, alleging agents treated them with disrespect.

Elizabeth Simpson, an attorney for Buen Pastor Church, at 705 Pershing Road, said 44 church members, many of them children, were traveling on Interstate 10 in Lake Charles, La., in April on their way back from a conference in Houston. Border patrol agents stopped their vans and, Simpson said, mocked and harassed the adults.

The border patrol had not responded to the claims Tuesday.

The church plans a press conference to air the grievance on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. It will be followed by a prayer vigil.


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  • driverkid3 Jun 17, 2011

    The Bible also says to obey mans laws.

  • driverkid3 Jun 17, 2011

    When they EARN respect by following the laws to come here legally, then they will get respect. Not untill then.

  • canuseethelightofday Jun 15, 2011

    What does "mocked and harassed" mean?

    What this being persecuted for righteousness sake?

    Or was this an ethnic thing or even a cultural thing?

    Need info.

  • canuseethelightofday Jun 15, 2011

    What ignorance there is about what the Bible says about judging!
    Total ignorance!. Crack the Book and see for yourself. Hint: start with everything it says about judging. EVERYTHING!

  • oldrwizr Jun 15, 2011

    OK, people, let's not get all "preachy" until a fact or two is known. From this article we know nothing, i.e. why they were stopped in the first place, who said what to whom, etc. Hypocrisy doesn't wear well, and judging a group by telling them not to be judgmental while knowing nothing of the situation is pretty borderline, at the very least.

  • zippingz75 Jun 15, 2011

    The border patrol is doing their job,so why complain,unless someone said something offensive to the patrol.there is always two sides to every story.could it be some lawyer just sees an oppertunity to be in the news media?.did someone catch a booo,hooo??

  • soyousay Jun 15, 2011

    what about that whole judging thing? and then there is the King James english stuff too?

  • bugzee50 Jun 14, 2011

    Jesus said we are to count it all joy when persecuted for His Name's sake. As Christians, we are not to hold on to offenses, or walk in unforgiveness. We are to take off the old man, and put on the new upon conversion. The Word of God tells us to pray for our "enemies", be humble, and walk as Christ walked. What "fruits" of the Spirit are you showing to this lost, deceived, and hurting world by publicly "airing" your "grievances?" Perhaps the "prayer vigil" you want to hold after you publicizing the incident, should be your church praying for the spirit of pride, and rebellion to God's Word, to be delivered from you. Making "noise" of your situation, which caused no one any physical harm, is only drawing bad attention and self pity to yourselves. Read the Word, and be ye not only hearers of the Word, but DOERS of it.

    In Christ.....

  • bugzee50 Jun 14, 2011

    Jesus told us to count it all joy when persecuted for his name's sake. We are not to hold on to offenses, nor walk in unforgiveness, and we are not to seek vengeance, for vengeance belongs to Him and Him only. Pray for your enemies, humble yourselves, forgive, and move on. A church holding a press conference to air their "grievances" is seeking attention, but attention that is not lined up with God's Word. This is NOT showing unconditional love, forgiveness, or humility. Therefore, what "fruits" of the Holy Spirit is your church showing the lost world in doing this???