January 26, 2017, Washington, DC – Sister Donna Markham, OP, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, was one of many Catholic organization leaders to speak out on behalf of immigrants. They did so in in response to President Donald Trump’s executive actions calling for the construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and to cut federal funding from sanctuary cities and states.
“Pope Francis has urged people not to close the door on migrants and refugees,” Sister Donna said in a statement. “In concert with the Holy Father, we believe we must move from attitudes of defensiveness and fear to acceptance, compassion, and encounter.”
Read the entire Catholic News Service article, which also highlights the responses of other Catholic organizations, including Network and Pax Christi USA.
Feature photo: An 18-foot steel wall already stands at the border of the United States and Mexico at Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico.
January 24, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – In response to executive actions signed by President Donald Trump to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters has issued the following statement:
The Adrian Dominican Sisters deplore the steps taken today by President Donald Trump to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. These actions send a dangerous signal about our nation’s commitment to the COP21 Climate Agreement and pose a threat to the drinking water and sacred sites of our Native American brothers and sisters. We call on President Trump to reverse these actions and take steps to lead our country toward a new carbon-free economy of the 21st century.