October 28, 2020, Adrian, Michigan – The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following statement in response to the news that 545 immigrant children are still separated from their parents. Let the little children come to me … for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs. Matthew 19:14 Our hearts ache in anguish over the plight of 545 boys and girls who were willfully separated from their parents by the Trump Administration in 2017 under a “pilot program” of separating migrant families, deporting the parents to Central America without their children and with no means of tracking them for reunification. The abject cruelty of this “program” is horrifying. The grave harm done to these innocents is unconscionable. These children came to our country with their parents. By order of the Trump Administration, the minors were taken from their parents, who were then deported, while the children were kept in U.S. custody. In 2018, court orders required the Trump Administration to reunite an estimated 2,800 children they had separated through what they called their “zero-tolerance” policy. Non-governmental groups have been working hard to do so but have not been able to locate the parents of 545 of these children. The plight of these children is a national nightmare that reflects the debasement of our polity. It is a painfully particular nightmare for each of the 545 innocents and their grieving parents. Please join us in speaking out fiercely so that our government undertakes every effort to reunite these children with their parents – and in praying that they are successful. Members of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ General Council are Sisters Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress; Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP, Vicaress and General Councilor; Frances Nadolny, OP, Administrator and General Councilor; Patricia Harvat, OP, General Councilor; and Elise D. García, OP, General Councilor.