Letter from the Jesuits on the Trump Administration’s Rescission of DACA
We write on this difficult day to remind you of God’s love
for you and to tell you that you are not alone. Across the U.S., Dreamers like
yourself have graced classrooms in Jesuit schools — from the smallest among you
to those now earning advanced degrees. You came to us for an education, you
came for pastoral and spiritual guidance, and we welcomed you — not because of
your nationality — but because you are our brothers and sisters in Christ. No
government can tear that sacred bond.
While you and the estimated 750,000 among you are called “Dreamers,”
you have helped us dream too. Because of your example, Jesuits and thousands of
lay educators at our schools across the U.S. have dreamed of new possibilities
for young people like yourselves who have, in all too many cases, fled
violence, poverty and despair.
We call upon Congress to act without delay in enacting a
lasting solution, but more than ever, we commit ourselves to living out God’s
law, which calls on us to love the stranger, remembering that our ancestors in
faith were once strangers in a foreign land.
States is a great country because it is a land of opportunity, family values
and compassion. Throughout our history, we have given newcomers the opportunity
to work hard and be successful, to our country’s substantial benefit. We have
also placed a high premium on the integrity of the family unit. The Jesuits, along with the Catholic Bishops, lay
educators and thousands of others have raised their voices in support of comprehensive immigration reform,
including the protection of DACA and the Dreamers, and we are not going to give
up. Together we recognize and seek to honor your dignity. Today and in the
challenging weeks and months to come, we will continue to strive toward a
fuller realization of your rights.
that you are in our prayers and that we continue to share in your dreams.
Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States
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June 14, 2018 - Rep. Juan Vargas read a letter on the U.S. House Floor by Jesuit West Provincial Fr. Scott Santarosa, SJ, calling for support for the peaceful negotiation of a solution to the crisis in Nicaragua and for respect for the physical safety of all Nicaraguans.
June 11, 2018 - Bishop of San Diego, Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy ordained on Saturday, June 9, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in San Ysidro, California, four Jesuit Priests: Fr. JT Tanner, SJ , Fr. Elías Puentes, SJ, Fr. Alejandro Báez-González, SJ, and Fr. Thomas Flowers, SJ.
June 10, 2018 - The Jesuits West Province of the Society of Jesus held its Ordination Mass near the U.S.-Mexico border to call attention to the plight of immigrants. Province leaders and priests also participated in a Prayer Rally on June 8 at Chicano Park in San Diego in support of immigrants.
Jesuits West sponsored a spiritually enriching Portugal Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima and the renown cities of Porto and Lisbon, May 21-31. Father Sam Bellino, SJ, and Father John Mossi, SJ, were the spiritual directors for the journey which included daily Masses at Fatima.
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