Sisters of Providence and the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Tacoma feel called to make our voices clearly heard in this time of an unprecedented global refugee crisis. More than 61 million people have been displaced from their homes, more than at any time since World War II. Some 21 million are refugees; most are children who have been forced from their homes by unthinkable violence.
What has been the response of the Trump Administration to the influx of Central American asylum seekers at the U.S. border with Mexico? Families are being ripped apart, with parents incarcerated and their children taken who knows where. And U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said that refugees fleeing domestic violence and gang violence will not be eligible for asylum. This is absolutely unjust, and violates our Catholic faith and understanding of the importance of the family unit. These refugees are entitled to due process and asylum hearings without tearing families apart.
Sisters of Providence and the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Tacoma are advocates for the right to safety and dignity for these vulnerable populations forced to flee from their homelands. Both religious communities have adopted corporate stances in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. The Tacoma Dominicans and Associates also are active in Tacoma at the Tacoma Detention Center, offering hospitality to families and at AID NW.
“Women religious have been blessed to be able to accompany and serve immigrant and refugee communities across this country for a very long time,” according to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). The SP and OP sisters join other LCWR members in “continuing to press for restoration of refugee resettlement, relief for families, an end to needless deportations, and the closure of all family detention centers. We will continue to advocate for compassionate, bipartisan legislation that fixes our broken immigration system. We will continue to stand in solidarity with families, regardless of immigration status, who labor daily to provide safety and security for their children.”