Mercy Justice Team Member Commits Civil Disobedience in Support of Immigrants
August 21, 2017
Responding to a call by immigrant advocacy groups to draw attention to the heightened threat of deportation for young immigrants in the U.S., Sisters of Mercy Institute Justice Team Member Jean Stokan was arrested for participating in an act of civil disobedience at the White House on August 15. The civil disobedience, which ultimately led to Jean’s arrest among 26 other faith, community and political leaders signaled the cry to protect DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and TPS, Temporary Protected Status for immigrants. United We Dream and CASA called for the action to implore the Trump Administration to spare these programs from elimination. DACA, which could be eliminated as early as September 5, has allowed millions of DREAMers, young people who came to the United States as children, to build futures in the country they call home. This year is the program's fifth anniversary.
“The Sisters of Mercy stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters, who are increasingly vulnerable and feeling terrified that deportations could intensify as soon as September 5,” said Jean. “Sisters of Mercy have been supporting the dignity of immigrants and refugees in their ministries for years. This is one more way of accompanying them, and in a public way, unmasking how our country is jeopardizing the safety and dignity of these men and women, and tearing families apart. We must continue to walk with them and share their stories.”
The focus on protecting immigrants in the DACA and TPS programs will continue with a 24-hour, 22-day vigil near the White House, which kicked off on the August 15. Local Mercy Sisters and Institute staff will participate in prayer and presence during this period. In addition, dozens of Mercy sisters signed onto a letter to the president on this issue.
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