Statement on Executive Actions Regarding Immigrants and Refugees

Dominican Sisters of Peace Denounce

Executive Actions Regarding Immigrants and Refugees

cropped-871efdf7861ddc4b47c116447ac2accb_400x400.pngJanuary 30, 2017, Columbus, Ohio – In response to recent executive actions by President Donald Trump regarding immigrants and refugees, the Dominican Sisters of Peace have issued the following statement:

The Dominican Sisters of Peace, in solidarity with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), denounce the recent actions taken by President Donald Trump that deny the inherent human dignity of our immigrant and refugee sisters and brothers of various faith traditions. These actions include the President’s executive order to begin construction of a border wall, the denial of funding to sanctuary cities around the country, the increased detention and deportation of immigrants, and most recently, the ban on refugees from predominately Muslim countries.

We acknowledge and respect our government’s obligation to protect everyone in this country from acts of terrorism; however the President’s executive order to ban refugees is confusing and has created legal uncertainty for thousands of innocent people.

These actions further harm those most vulnerable and marginalized in our communities and our world and continue to deny basic human and civil rights to our neighbors. Fostering fear which leads to greater division, these actions are inconsistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ where Jesus says, “I was a stranger and you made me welcome (Matthew 25:35b),” with our country’s founding principles, and our country’s welcoming message to “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

In his address to the United States Congress, Pope Francis explained that “…we, the people of this continent, [should not be] fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners.” In his recent letter to President Trump, Pope Francis expressed his hope that “Under your leadership…America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast, those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door.”

We oppose the anti-immigrant actions taken by the current Administration and encourage President Trump and Congress to work to build peace and inclusivity throughout our country by welcoming the stranger in solidarity and love through prudent long established processes.

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47 responses to “Statement on Executive Actions Regarding Immigrants and Refugees

  1. Thank you for keeping the gospel of Truth and Love alive in your sisters and associates hearts and to all God’s People who d..esperately need to know we care about them.

  2. Thank you for this statement supporting both the principles of our nation and the principles of our Church. I will share on my Facebook page and ask others to do the same.

  3. I am very grateful for this response to Washington and what is happening. Thank you for reminding us of Gospel values. St. Catherine said, “It’s silence that kills the world.” Let’s all have the courage to speak up and call our elected representatives.

  4. Thank You, for following Jesus command to speak for Justice for all. Hope this was sent to Arizona Daily Star and Catholic news paper. Hold you in prayer as you speak out for all of us

  5. Thank you for your always serving justice and compassion as did Jesus. Proud to be an associate. Bunny O’Brien, New Haven, Ct.

  6. Thank you for stating our position so well. I wrote to the Akron newspaper also–and am programming a bunch of political phone numbers into my phone so I can call in often.

  7. The voice of truth needs to be spoken, our silence means consent. I am so grateful for this profound statement! Together, in faith, we are stronger!

  8. Thank you Dominican a Learning Center! Protecting and supporting refugees and immigrants is a part of being Pro Life for a Pro Life stance means that you are supportive of all levels of life from conception to death.

  9. Thank you Dominican Learning Center! Protecting and supporting refugees and immigrants is a part of being Pro Life, for a Pro Life stance means that you are supportive of all levels of life from conception to death. God bless America!

  10. I am privileged to get to serve immigrants as an ESL volunteer at the Dominican Learning Center, and I must say many Americans do not realize just how difficult it is to be an immigrant. Thanks to the Dominican Sisters of Peace for standing with our Bishops. As we know, Jesus and his family were once refugees. We might just look at the refugees of today a bit differently remembering the difficulties of the Holy Family.

  11. Many thanks to the Dominican Sisters of Peace and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for speaking out. I am encouraged and inspired by your voices. And I am reminded of the words of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.:”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

  12. The courage of the Sisters in this regard prove once again that God is with those who speak without fear. Their forthright statement reveals the depth of their faith and adherence to the message of the Gospel. I am proud to be an Associate.

  13. Who are we if we’re not for the poor, disenfranchised and alienated? Dominicans must speak out about all justice issues. This is a small but first powerful step and supports our corporate stance efforts on immigration..

  14. Thank you for speaking the truth with love
    At a critical time in history. I stand with you in prayer,
    With a grateful heart.

  15. Thank you for expressing openly the humane and morally correct stance on immigration. It seems so many Americans have forgotten that we are a country of immigrants. We have all either immigrated to this country or are decedents of immigrants.

  16. It is a privilege and a gift to live in this country. Coming here illegally breaks our laws and hurts those legally waiting to get in not to mention our economy with the freebies they get here – health care, housing, education, food. The answer is simple…take care of the USA first and then reach out to those in need. Help them to FIX their struggling countries. Keep evil out!! God will be doing that in heaven…we should strive for that as best we can here.

  17. Thank you for issuing the Statement on Executive Actions Regarding Immigrants and Refugees on behalf of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. We now stand in solidarity with the thousands/millions of people throughout the world who daily suffer from injustice.

  18. You speak like the Mother of Jesus who went looking for her lost Son and did not let the complications of travel deter her. For you,us, Her Son is the people being left behind.

  19. Thanks you for a clear and powerful response to the recent pronouncements from Washington. May we all have the courage to live our response to the Gospel!

  20. Thank you, for this clear and powerful statement in response the recent actions in Washington. May we all have the courage to live our commitment to the Gospel!

  21. Thank you for this statement of love and concern for those who have no voice and need others to stand up for them. I felt like you were channeling the voice of St. Catherine of Siena.

  22. Thank you, for raising a collective voice for our sisters and brothers, and for speaking truth to reckless and uncaring power.

  23. Thank you and God bless you for your response to the
    recent executive order by the president. I’m happy that you quote Emma Lazarus message on our Statue of Liberty. Many of our ancestors were greeted by this as they sought a new life in our country.
    In Peace!

    Kathleen Myers

  24. I am grateful and proud of this declaration of unity and protection of all our brothers and sisters of different faiths.
    Thank you, Sister Loretta Sullivan

  25. I’m so grateful to my Congregation Leadership for speaking for me regarding the total disregard of our President for all people in such great distress, even for their very lives.

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