We, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, were co-founded by an immigrant (Bishop David), the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from Pittsburgh that merged with us were founded by six immigrants from Eastern Europe, and we have served immigrant populations for over 200 years. Because we recall God’s challenge to remember 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 disagree with the president’s executive orders on immigration and refugee resettlement.
Building a wall to keep out immigrants and banning refugees from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days 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 and we believe that, as a country, we are better than these executive orders reflect.
We will continue to welcome immigrants and refugees and will minister to them as we are able. United with many others of various faiths, we will also continue to pray for and advocate for compassionate legislation that meets the needs of vulnerable immigrants and refugees who are merely seeking a safe haven for themselves and their children.