"There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation. Our lack of response to these tragedies involving our brothers and sisters points to the loss of that sense of responsibility for our fellow men and women upon which all civil society is founded." Pope Francis, Laudato Si #25 *
The Sisters of Mercy’s commitment to immigrants comes out of our deep belief in the dignity of each human person created by God, and out of more than 150 years of ministering to and with immigrants in schools, hospitals, parishes and social service centers. With our presence throughout Latin America, we witness firsthand the deepening poverty and violence that force families to flee their homes in search of economic and physical security. We advocate for the safety and protection of all migrants, and for just and humane immigration reform in the United States that reunites families, provides a pathway to citizenship, protects young people and provides for fair enforcement of the law.