Associate Dr. Jim Tinnin, Bradenton, FL, ministers through his participation in the Dominican Sisters of Peace Immigration Reform Committee. Here is what he has to say about this work.
I am most grateful to serve on the Dominican Sisters of Peace Immigration Reform Committee, which is chaired by Conni Dubick, OPA, a fellow Dominican Associate and long-time friend, and includes fifteen other DSOP Sisters and Associates. We meet on a conference call every month to update each other on immigration issues and actions in the regions where we live and minister and discuss how we might aid those who are impacted by unjust immigration policies.
In his Prayer for Immigrants, Pope Francis states that “in caring for immigrants, we seek a world where none are forced to leave their homes and where all can live in freedom, dignity and peace. Inspire us, as nations, communities, and as individuals to see that those who come to our shores are our brothers and sisters.”
As a Congregation, we are committed to promoting justice through solidarity with the marginalized, and to creating welcoming communities. Dominican Sisters of Peace Immigration Reform Committee helps to give these commitments “legs” through action and advocacy.
We advocate against the separation of immigrant families and the detention of children at the border because like our Savior, we preach love for these children and their families.
In a speech at a 2019 educational event in El Paso, TX, Michael Okinczyc-Cruz, executive director of the Coalition for Spiritual and Public Leadership in Chicago, said “We have to be bold. The work of the church is to activate.” The Holy Father has told our Bishops that we must step back from partisan politics and discern how to cast our votes based on our values.
As members of the Committee on Immigration Reform, we are actively tuned into the 2020 political debates, carefully monitoring each candidate on this issue that is so vital to our Congregation’s commitments.
We ask that you, too, pay attention to the candidates and how their policy objectives coincide with the values that we hold central to our beliefs. Personally, I stand with these immigrant families and am solidly behind the candidate who can best resolve this important policy issue.