March 9, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s revised Executive Order impacting Muslim refugees.
You shall not wrong or oppress a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Exodus 22:20; 23:9; Leviticus 19:33-34
President Trump’s revised Executive Order banning immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries, and halving the number of refugees the United States accepts, undermines our standing in the world as a nation of liberty that offers refuge to people fleeing from persecution and violence. Intelligence from our own Department of Homeland Security shows that country of origin is an unlikely predictor of potential terrorist activity.
As American citizens and Catholic Sisters, we deplore what can only be seen as a ban on our Muslim brothers and sisters and a diminishment of our nation’s embracing spirit of liberty for all.
February 23, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – Holly Sammons, a Dominican Volunteer serving and living with Adrian Dominican Sisters this year, recently wrote an op-ed article for the Daily Telegram, explaining the refugee resettlement process. Drawing on her experience last year as a Dominican Volunteer in Atlanta, working on newly arrived refugees, Holly explained the strenuous process by which refugees are vetted before they’re approved to come to the United States. Saddened by President Trump’s efforts to suspend the entry of refugees, Holly writes, “Refugees are indeed the most rigorously screened population to enter the U.S. If a terrorist wanted to enter the U.S., he or she certainly would not choose to do so this way.” Read Holly’s Op-Ed.
Dominican Volunteers spend a year or more of their lives serving in ministry and living in community with Dominican Sisters or Friars throughout the United States. In her second year as a Dominican Volunteer, Holly ministers in the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation and in the Permaculture Office.