Justice, Peace and Sustainability Weekly Announcement

Feb. 15, 2018

In a spirit of compassion, let us embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty and environmental degradation to leave their homelands.

Support Humane Immigration Policy

On Monday, a bill was introduced in the Senate that could radically change our immigration system. Over the past several months, immigrants and their allies across the country have pushed Congress to create a permanent solution for the millions of young people brought to the United States as children. The Trump administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on March 5 has escalated this to a crisis and policy hardliners are taking advantage of this to propose draconian changes to slash legal immigration to the U.S. and further militarize our border communities.

The Senate is voting on these proposals this week—the first time in years that the Senate has voted on an immigration bill. It’s critical that we stand up today against these proposals, which will further devastate border and immigrant communities. This is our chance to provide a permanent solution for DACA recipients and other immigrant youth, but we cannot let them be used as bargaining chips.

Click here to enter your information and be automatically connected to your senators. (Be sure you’re near a phone.) Once you’re connected, ask them to:

  • Vote for a pathway to citizenship for all immigrants brought to this country as children.
  • Vote against the militarization of our borders.
  • Vote against any cuts to family migration or the Diversity Visa lottery.

Phone calls are best. However, if you can’t make a call, click here to send an email message.

Did You Know ...?
While the Senate is debating immigration legislation, the House has not committed to moving on this issue. Faith in Public Life, Franciscan Action Network, LCWR and the Sisters of Mercy are coordinating a prayer vigil and nonviolent action outside of Speaker Paul Ryan’s office at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. sometime between Feb. 27 and March 1 (just days before the end of the DACA program) urging the House to vote on the DREAM Act. If you are interested in possibly participating in this vigil or action contact Sarah Nash in the IHM Justice, Peace and Sustainability Office for details. Email snash@ihmsisters.org or call 734-240-9691.
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