On May 30, 2014, Arizona Congressman Trent Franks released a statement pushing for Meriam Ibrahim to be allowed asylum within the United States. After publicly condemning her imprisonment and death sentence in a resolution, Franks is now seeking more action regarding her release and asylum. Franks is a longtime supporter of religious liberty as the co-chair of the International Religious Freedom Caucus. Learn everything you need to know regarding Meriam’s case here.
05/30/2014 United States (U.S. Congressman Trent Franks) – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), co-chair of the International Religious Freedom Caucus in Congress, released the following statement after introducing a resolution condemning the treatment of a Sudanese woman who has been severely mistreated and now faces the death penalty for her Christian faith:
“Meriam should be quickly granted sanctuary in the United States. Before today’s Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the Department of Homeland Security, I had the opportunity to question Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about Meriam’s case and ask him to personally review granting Meriam asylum in the U.S.
“Yesterday, my office introduced H.Res. 601, a resolution that condemns Meriam’s death sentence for apostasy and calls for State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to quickly review asylum for Meriam in the U.S. This resolution already has twenty-five cosponsors.
“I was appalled to learn of Meriam’s continual mistreatment in her Sudanese prison. When she gave birth to her daughter, Maya, this week, her legs were in shackles. I call on the Sudanese government to release Meriam and uphold their interim constitution which states that, ‘no person shall be coerced to adopt such faith, that he/she does not believe in.’”
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