June 20, 2018
Consistent with our 2007 corporate stance on immigration: Bringing Healing, Peace and Hope, we, the Leadership Team of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, express our grave concerns about the zero tolerance immigration policies being implemented at our southern border. No desire for increased border security justifies the separation of children from their parents. Such actions can and do cause irreparable damage to young children. No policy that so cruelly divides families desperately seeking refuge can be considered just.
We also join our concerns to those of the U.S. Catholic Bishops about changes to the US policy on asylum. In the words of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo:
The Attorney General’s recent decision elicits deep concern because it potentially strips asylum from many women who lack adequate protection. These vulnerable women will now face return to the extreme dangers of domestic violence in their home country. This decision negates decades of precedents that have provided protection to women fleeing domestic violence. Unless overturned, the decision will erode the capacity of asylum to save lives, particularly in cases that involve asylum seekers who are persecuted by private actors. We urge courts and policy makers to respect and enhance, not erode, the potential of our asylum system to preserve and protect the right to life.
We acknowledge that nations have the right to control immigration and an obligation to provide safety for citizens, but they do not have the right to close borders to all refugees and asylum seekers who are in need. Any immigration policy that demeans the human person or divides a human family is not just and will never provide the peace and security we all seek. We are one human family.
We know God would never abandon children, we will not abandon our children at the border.
Can a woman forget her nursing child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you. Is 49:15-16
Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota