Hundreds of religious leaders gathered Monday at the southern U.S. border to support migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to mark Human Rights Day.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker group that has worked with migrants, organized the gathering of more than 200 religious leaders, NBC News reported.

The New York Daily News reported that 32 of the religious leaders were arrested during the demonstration at the border, mostly on trespassing charges.


Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco told the Daily News that 31 people were trespassing and that the other person was arrested for assaulting an officer.

“We’re calling on the U.S. to respect the rights of migrants,” Joyce Ajlouny, the general secretary of AFSC, told NBC News.

Thousands of migrants in recent months have made their way through Mexico and toward the southern U.S. border. Many of the migrants say they are fleeing violence in Central America, but President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE has said they present a national security threat and has threatened to close off the border.

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis told NBC News that "sacred texts tell us to tear down walls."

"We can do better. Our sacred texts tell us to tear down walls, to welcome the immigrant and to treat everyone as if they are God's children,” Theoharis said. 

The religious leaders held a press conference at the Border Field State Park in San Diego before marching to the border between San Diego and Tijuana, according to NBC News.

-Updated 6:54 p.m.