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Border church and mosque call for day of prayer

Posted at 5:02 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 22:26:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)- A border church and border mosque are calling for a day of unity. A Bi-National Day of Prayer will be held at Friendship Park; a place where families on both sides of the U.S. Mexico border can meet.

The group is also releasing a short film to encourage federal leaders to keep Friendship Park open. The film is called “A Prayer Beyond Borders.”

“Friendship Park is the only place on the U.S. Mexico border, where families who have been separated by U.S. immigration policy, can come together,” says Dustin Craun with CAIR San Diego. Families “can physically be together.”

Worshippers have been holding prayers there every week since 2011.

“We can pray together when we can come together. We can break bread together,” says Imam Taha Hassane, with the Islamic Center of San Diego.

Worshippers say there have been threats to close Friendship Park, but no action was ever taken. They are hoping their continued presence will show federal leaders they need this space open.

“Millions of families in the United States and Mexico have no access to each other at all,” says Craun. “Closing friendship park would close any possibility of them being able to see each other.”

First United Methodist Church and the Islamic Center of San Diego are calling for a day of unity for people of all faiths, for the Bi-National Day of Prayer. It will be held a Friendship Park on Sunday, October 27th, from noon to 2 p.m.