Amish are one of the fastest-growing religious groups in the United States, with more than half of them congregating in their rural areas.
But after President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdowns, they have become the focus of national protests, a political crisis and even boycotts.
Amish people and organizations, including a new interfaith group, are organizing for a new coalition of faith-based organizations to help them survive Trump’s executive orders, which ban immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries and impose restrictions on refugees and immigrants.
The coalition, which includes the Amish Nation and the Southern Amish Association, was formed in December after several Amish communities across the country have been hit by violence since the election.
Trump’s order targets the Amishes, who are members of a nomadic and semi-nomadic religious group that has traditionally been conservative.
Trump has repeatedly called the Amis religious group a “cancer” and an “immoral people.”
In a recent tweet, Trump claimed Amish immigrants were a “problem” and that they “are bringing crime, rape and drug abuse into our country.”
The group said in a statement it is a coalition to “help the Ami-Amish to survive, thrive and thrive in the midst of Trump’s hateful policies.”
“We are here to fight against the Trump administration’s attempts to harm our community,” the statement said.
The statement also said that the coalition is a “pro-life, pro-family, pro community based organization.”
Trump has vowed to end all federal funding for the Amistad Council of Churches, which is the largest organization for Amish congregations in the country.
The group’s national president, Michael Hirschfeld, told NBC News in a recent interview that he would not resign and that the group would continue to fight.
He added that the Amics religious community was ready for Trump’s policies.
“They have been a major part of the country for hundreds of years,” Hirschstein said.
“It is time that we took action to help our neighbors.”
Hirschfeld said that his organization would be working to “end the ban on immigrants.”
He said he was not sure what the president’s future plans are, but he does not believe the ban will be overturned.
He said that it is important for people to understand the difference between what the Amies do, which are the way they live their lives, and the way the Amises do, “where they are from, what their beliefs are, what they practice.”