To the Editor,
We the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, Blauvelt, Caldwell, Hope, Maryknoll and Sparkill believe that our present immigration law is badly broken and in need of reform: it ignores the human situation of separated families and the oppressive living conditions that force people to migrate. We support a compassionate and comprehensive immigration law that:
- Provides the processes for undocumented persons to achieve permanent residency and citizenship without leaving the United States.
- Creates legal avenues for migration.
- Assures family unity for immigrant families.
- Provides all workers, including the undocumented, guaranteed human rights and labor protections.
- Addresses the root-causes of migration by protecting the human rights of workers internationally.
Clearly the rhetoric of some of the presidential candidates is in sharp contrast to our position on immigration. Donald Trump’s criticism of Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico prompted the pope to say that wanting to build walls instead of building bridges is not in keeping with the Christian Gospel.
Cecelia Lavan, OP