Faith In Indiana

More than 500 community members crowded into the Pentecostal Cathedral Church of God in Christ Sunday afternoon for Faith in Indiana’s Peacemaker Summit. The event was in response to the fatal police shooting of Eric Logan and the rise of gun violence in South Bend.

Indiana faith leaders called on Gov. Eric Holcomb Tuesday to “disarm hate.”

Indianapolis’s criminal homicide rate has been on the rise in recent years. The majority of deaths are from gunshots and young black men are more likely to be killed. The city recently announced the adoption of a program to reduce the number of gun related deaths.

Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) says her recent visit to the southern border was “eye-opening” and “overwhelming.” (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) says her recent visit to the southern border was “eye-opening” and “overwhelming.”

Brooks visited immigration facilities that housed thousands of immigrant children.

She says she doesn’t support any immigration policy that separates parents from their children. Still, Brooks says she was encouraged by what she saw at border facilities where thousands of children are held.

Erika Fierro immigrated to the U.S. when she was 5-years-old and has two U.S.-born children. Last month, despite no criminal history, she was arrested by immigration officials outside her home.

Religious leaders in Indiana accompanied Fierro to her mandatory immigration check-in Tuesday and held a vigil to protest her situation.

Her pastor and the Catholic Archbishop of Indianapolis Charles Thompson attended her immigration check-in for both support and out of concern that Fierro would be immediately detained.