We, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, recall God’s challenge to remember that we were all once strangers in a foreign land (Exodus 22:21) and as Christians have chosen to follow Jesus’ way of welcoming “the stranger” (Matthew 35:25).

We strongly support the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and The Dream Act of 2017.

Sending DREAMers back to their country of origin does not reflect the American tradition of “give me your tired your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” We know that this country was built on and continues to be built up by immigrants and those seeking refuge.

We continue to welcome immigrants and minister to them, as we are able. United with many others of various faiths, we continue to pray for and advocate for compassionate, comprehensive legislation that meets the needs of vulnerable immigrants.

In addition to the above statement, Sisters and Associates were encouraged to attend two events held in Louisville this week in support of undocumented immigrants.