This week, the Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation for the Franciscan Friars (OFM) along with local Franciscan Action Network members as well as the US Conference of Catholic Bishops delivered separate letters to Speaker of the House John Boehner urging his office to pass Immigration reform.
Each letter, attached here in their entirety, spoke of the daily witness to the consequences and tragedy of our broken immigration system. The Franciscans letter specifically stated, “In the name of justice, we request you use all the tools of your office to pass immigration reform on the floor of the House of Representatives by the end of 2013.”
Gino Correa, OFM, provincial minister of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Province from Albuquerque, NM shared, “Each day in our work, our hearts are broken by the way the current immigration system damages and destroys so many people and families. Our hope is that the letter to Speaker Boehner and the thousands of other calls to his office give him the strength to move immigration forward in the House of Representatives.”
Cardinal Timothy Dolan who serves as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, stated in his letter, "As pastors, we witness each day the human consequences of a broken immigration system. Families are separated through deportation, migrant workers are exploited in the workplace, and migrants die in the desert. In their attempts to respond to these human tragedies, our priests, religious, and social service providers in many cases are unable to help…without changes in the law.”
This latest letter to Speaker Boehner marks the newest action of the Franciscan family in their work for immigration reform in alliance with the U.S. Bishops and many other advocates. The next push is a Catholic telephone call-in day to members of the House of Representatives that also will request the legislative action. The Catholic call-in day will take place next Wednesday, November 13, 2013, on the feast day of Saint Mother Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants. For more information on the Call-in day, click here.