September 5, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following response to President Donald Trump’s end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA granted a path to citizenship for young adults who, as children, immigrated to the United States with their parents, but without legal documentation.
The Adrian Dominican Sisters decry the Trump Administration’s harsh action to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has protected more than 800,000 young people from being deported from the only country they know as home.
Our Sisters have worked side-by-side with young “Dreamers” under the DACA program to help them remain in school, seek employment, and come out of the shadows as vibrant contributing members of our communities. We grieve for the pain and hardship this will cause them and their families. This ill-considered and disgraceful action runs counter to our national and economic interests as well as to basic American values of decency in how we treat others, especially the young.
As women of faith who have long called for immigration reform, we urge Congress to take immediate action to protect these young people – Americans in every sense of the word – by enacting the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017.
June 1, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
President Trump’s decision today to pull the United States out of the historic Paris Climate Agreement is politically, economically, and morally indefensible.
It diminishes our standing as a world leader, aligning us with Syria and Nicaragua as the only non-signatories to the landmark accord signed in December 2015 by 195 nations. It blunts our competitive edge in an emerging renewable-energy based global economy. And it threatens to condemn Earth, our common home, and future generations to potentially catastrophic climate change.
We Adrian Dominican Sisters intend to redouble our efforts, in union with concerned people around the world, to help create the “new and universal solidarity” that Pope Francis calls for in his encyclical, Laudato Si, and “cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation.” (14)