Sisters of Mercy Oppose Trump Administration Immigration Actions
January 26, 2017
The Sisters of Mercy call on legislators to push back against President Trump's announcement on immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border that would tear families apart, turn away asylum seekers without hearing their claims and incur billions of dollars of costs that would be better spent on struggling communities.
We are deeply troubled that the Trump Administration is taking action against undocumented immigrants who do not pose a safety or security threat to this country. Actions to expand border wall infrastructure; boost border security personnel; increase immigrant detention; and end sanctuary cities and the practice of releasing undocumented immigrants detained by federal officials before trial all run counter to the principles on which this country was founded.
Given repeated failures in Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, we had supported executive initiatives for immigrants who came to the United States as children and their parents, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA).
Our Catholic faith regards the family unit as sacred, and calls us to "welcome the stranger." We cannot stand by as immigrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups are targeted and blamed for the economic and social problems facing this country. Mercy stands in solidarity with them and will continue to serve and defend immigrants and refugees in our local communities, while working to end the cruel systems of detention, deportation and militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border.
We call on the Trump Administration to step back from taking these measures, and instead to move with compassion for the plight of immigrants and refugees. Rather than the hateful rhetoric and scapegoating of immigrants, we hope our political leaders would examine the realities generating the violence and poverty at the root of forced migration, and uphold the values of welcome and of justice for all in this country.
Photo: Sisters of Mercy Institute Justice Team member Jean Stokan was part of a group of 10 faith leaders who joined in an act of civil disobedience outside the White House on January 25 in protest of the Trump Administration’s actions on immigration.