OBX church hosting prayer vigil for children separated at border

Published 2:15 pm Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Outer Banks Presbyterian Church in Kill Devil Hills will host a one-day prayer vigil for the children and families who separated at the US-Mexico border and for our nation’s leaders.

The 12-hour “Prayers for Children and Families Vigil” will take place Tuesday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Members of the church will be on hand throughout the day to greet other members and visitors who wish to participate in the vigil.

The Outer Banks Presbyterian Church is at 907 S. Croatan Hwy (MP 8.5), Kill Devil Hills. For more information, call the church office at 252-441-5897.

President Trump on Wednesday said he would sign an executive order ending separating families at the border and detaining them together. There is no plan yet for reuniting families already separated.

On Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper said he’s bringing home the three North Carolina National Guard members currently working at the border because of the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families.

Cooper said he made the decision because “the cruel policy of tearing children away from their parents requires a strong response.”

Cooper’s office says the state’s current deployment included a helicopter. The North Carolina National Guard has sent service members to the southern border during previous presidential administrations.

Separately, Attorney General Josh Stein is one of 20 attorneys general who signed a letter Tuesday asking U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the current policy, calling it “inhumane” and raising serious concerns about children’s rights.