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Sister Donna Markham, OP, Calls for Focus on Humanity of Immigrants

September 24, 2021, New York, New York – As the U.S. Catholic Church marks National Migration Week, September 20-26, 2021, Sister Donna Markham, OP, encourages Catholics and all other people of good will to set aside politics and look at the human faces of the immigrants coming to the U.S. southern border. 

The U.S. immigration system is broken and conditions at the southern border are “untenable,” in a special way for Haitian migrants enduring difficult conditions in Del Rio, Texas, Sister Donna wrote. But beyond politics, we are called to see the humanity and suffering of the immigrants, she said. “Look into the eyes of those who seek to come here,” Sister Donna suggested in an Op-Ed published in America Magazine. “Try to understand their stories through those eyes. See the fear and hope that coexist in them.”

Sister Donna, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, noted the compassion of staff members of Catholic Charities organizations across the country. “We see the faces and we hear the stories,” she wrote. “And we look daily into the eyes of those in need, including immigrants and refugees.”

Read Sister Donna’s entire article.

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