As Sisters of the Redeemer, we are dedicated to affirming the sacredness of all human life. We embrace our call to be a healing presence in the world, and since our founding, we have cared for, comforted, and healed those in need including immigrants, refugees, and migrants.
We join in union with the many congregations of women and men religious, Catholic leaders, leaders of other religious denominations, and concerned citizens worldwide in raising our voices against reports of deplorable conditions and merciless treatment of human lives at the U.S. border. Families have been torn apart when they should be safeguarded. Innocent children are enduring horrendous suffering with lasting consequences when they should be nurtured and protected in a time of need.
Therefore, we call on President Trump and members of Congress to immediately pass legislation that addresses these inexcusable realities, reunites children with their families, and provides necessary reforms that recognize the dignity of human beings. No person, let alone a child, should endure these realities, particularly in a country that has for centuries welcomed and provided prosperity to many of our immigrant ancestors.
We echo Pope Francis, who said, “Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger, exploitation, and the unjust distribution of the planet’s resources which are meant to be equitably shared by all.”