Ohio Megachurch Pastor Rod Parsley and National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Lead Visit to Texas Border Detention Facility

Megachurch pastor Rod Parsley of World Harvest Church in Ohio and Indiana speaks outside of a Customs and Border Protection facility in McAllen, Texas on Aug. 17, 2019. | The Kairos Company

Megachurch pastor Rod Parsley teamed up with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference to co-sponsor a delegation of about a dozen pastors who visited the nation’s largest border detention facility in Texas last week as the Trump administration’s border policy continues to receive criticism. 

The visit last Friday was among three border visits for pastors organized in four weeks by the NHCLC, an organization with over 40,000 member congregations run by prominent Hispanic evangelical leader and megachurch pastor Samuel Rodriguez.

The visits were facilitated through the Department of Homeland Security and began in the aftermath of a media firestorm surrounding a report of troubling conditions facing immigrants held in detention facilities.

The Trump administration argued in court that it’s not required to provide basic hygiene, such as soap and toothbrushes, to children being held in Border Patrol detention facilities. A federal appeals court dismissed that argument last Friday.

Rodriguez, who was one of six pastors to speak at President Donald Trump’s inauguration, said in a statement Monday that the border facility visits have made it possible for pastors to “observe with our own eyes the scale of this humanitarian crisis” as well as the “actual facts” surrounding the crisis.

It was reported earlier this summer in The New York Times that migrants in detention centers at the southern border lacked access to basic hygiene items like soap and toothpaste, while some couldn’t bathe for weeks. After the first tour of a border facility in early July, Rodriguez slammed the media for providing “misinformation” on the conditions in the centers.

Speaking on behalf of Rodriguez outside of a facility in McAllen, Texas on Friday was NHCLC Executive Vice President Tony Suarez, who said that it was his 12th time visiting the border. Friday’s visit was organized in coordination with Todd Lamphere of Paula White Ministries.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith