posted on: Thursday, September 7, 2017
The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville join with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in expressing our deep sadness and disappointment that President Trump chose to discontinue protection of our 800,000 Dreamers through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):
“DACA is a common sense path to stability for families, communities, and a reaffirmation of American values. Ending DACA will cause irreparable harm to families and communities, and force 800,000 of our young people back into the shadows. In the wake of this unconscionable action by President Trump, we urge Congress to immediately pass the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017.
As women of faith we take seriously the gospel call to welcome the stranger and care for those in need. ‘We will continue to advocate for bipartisan legislation that addresses our outdated immigration system,’ said LCWR Executive Director Sister Joan Marie Steadman, CSC. ‘We will continue to stand in solidarity with families, regardless of immigration status, who labor daily to provide safety and security for their children. We will continue to walk with Dreamers and together with people of goodwill, we will work to ensure that the dignity of all people is fully protected.’
Catholic sisters have a long history of accompanying immigrants and refugees. They continue to minister to these aspiring citizens in schools, hospitals, and service agencies along the southern border and across the country. They see the devastating effects of the current immigration system every day. They share the hopes and dreams of these young Americans who represent so much of what is right and good about this country we all call home.”
LCWR is an association of leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has nearly 1300 members, who represent more than 38,800 women religious in the United States.
The 2014-2020 Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Leadership Council:
Sister Janet Marie Peterworth, President
Sister Agnes Coveney
Sister Paula Kleine-Kracht
Sister Jo Ann Jansing