Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston React to DACA Decision
Brighton, MA: As persons of faith who embrace the Gospel value of respect for the dignity of each individual, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and our Associates are disappointed and saddened by President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since its inception in 2012, DACA has provided young people who qualified for the program the opportunity to work, to receive an education, to remain united with their families, and to contribute to the communities in which they reside. The termination of the program causes anxiety, interruption of lives, and fear of deportation to the nearly 800,000 people affected.
Catholic sisters have a long history of accompanying immigrants and refugees. We Sisters of St. Joseph were invited to Boston in 1873 to minister to immigrant families. We continue to minister among aspiring citizens in schools, hospitals, and service agencies. We see the devastating effects of the current immigration system every day.
In light of this experience, we call on Congress to expedite passage of legislation, such as the DREAM Act of 2017, which would provide legal status to Dreamers and others and end the cruel system of detention and deportation. We stand in solidarity with our immigrant communities and with all those who support the passage of legislation that would embody the biblical and American value of “welcoming the stranger.”
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston is a Congregation of vowed religious women and associates who minister in the Greater Boston area and beyond. They trace their roots from LePuy, France (1650), Lyon, France (1807), St. Louis, MO (1836) and arrived in Boston, MA in 1873. They identify with the cries of a world, stunned by violence and seek to reopen communications in divided communities, to search for shared values, and to empower individuals to explore common ground for the healing of humankind. They are part of The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph composed of more than 4,500 members, 2,800 associates, with NGO status in the United Nations. For more information visit www.csjboston.org
Contact: Joanne Gallagher, CSJ, Director of Communication, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617.746.2110