Posted on September 7, 2017

Dear Friends,

The Sisters of the Divine Compassion are deeply committed to the extension of DACA and are concerned about the outcome of the proposed Dream Act of 2017. In that spirit, we ask that you join voices in support of new legislation by contacting your congressional reps ASAP. Follow this link and enter your zipcode to find your Congressional representatives' contact information.

We fully endorse the statement from LCWR that follows. Please read the RDC statement which has been posted and remains on our website Homepage.

Blessings,

Sr. Laura (Lori) Donovan, RDC, for the Leadership Team: Alice Feeley, Mary Ann Kinsella, Carol Peterson, Kristin Donworth

 

LCWR Statement

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) shares the disappointment of millions of people across the country who had hoped and prayed that President Trump would continue the protection offered Dreamers by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is a common sense path to stability for families, communities, and local economies and a reaffirmation of American values. Ending DACA will cause irreparable harm to families and communities and force 800,000 of our young people back into the shadows.

In the wake of this unconscionable action by President Trump, we urge Congress to immediately take up and pass the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017.

As women of faith we take seriously the gospel call to welcome the stranger and care for those in need. LCWR and its members will continue to press for compassion for our neighbors, relief for families, and an end to needless deportations.  “We will continue to advocate for bipartisan legislation that addresses our outdated immigration system,” said LCWR Executive Director Sister Joan Marie Steadman, CSC. “We will continue to stand in solidarity with families, regardless of immigration status, who labor daily to provide safety and security for their children. We will continue to walk with Dreamers and together with people of goodwill we will work to ensure that the dignity of all people is fully protected.”

Catholic sisters have a long history of accompanying immigrants and refugees. They continue to minister to these aspiring citizens in schools, hospitals, and service agencies along the southern border and across the country. They see the devastating effects of the current immigration system every day. They share the hopes and dreams of these young Americans who represent so much of what is right and good about this country we all call home.