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Mercy Joins in Call for End to Family Detention as Families Gather for White House Easter Egg Hunt

March 30, 2016

As festivities were set to begin for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn on March 28, immigration supporters including Sisters of Mercy gathered outside the White House gates to call attention to the children unable to experience the joys of Easter due to being held prisoner in U.S. detention centers.

Sister Eileen Campbell, a member of the Institute Leadership Team for the Sisters of Mercy, spoke before the gathering, calling the detention of families “immoral and unjust” and urging Congress and the Administration to act swiftly and end this cruel and broken system. “Today is Easter Monday, a time where we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and his promise of a new life. And in this spirit, we call not for the reform or improvement of the family detention system, but for a rebirth. Today, we call for immigration policy to be reborn into something new, something that respects human dignity and recognizes the suffering of migrants and refugees,” said Sister Eileen.

Other speakers included a mother of a seven year-old who fled from El Salvador to escape the violence there including her own attempted murder. She spent months in one of the U.S.’ detention centers.

Call the White House switchboard at 202-456-1111 or email via NOW to urge the Obama administration to end family detention.

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