As a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America continues its trek north to the United States, the Sisters of Notre Dame in North America stand in solidarity with the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ conference and leaders of Catholic aid agencies as they urge government officials and all US citizens to treat migrants compassionately. Now is the time for action!
“We affirm that seeking asylum is not a crime,” the Bishops said in their statement. “We urge all governments to abide by international law and existing domestic laws that protect those seeking safe haven…”
They also urge the government to address not only the migrants that come to the U.S., but to work to address the regional issues that force migrants to leave their homes, such as violence and lack of economic opportunity in their countries.
“As Christians, we must answer the call to act with compassion towards those in need and to work together to find humane solutions that honor the rule of law and respect the dignity of human life.” Please join us and all those who believe in the right to life for all people in praying for and working tirelessly to alleviate this desperate situation.
As we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas, may we each keep in our minds and take to our hearts the words from Leviticus 19:33-34: “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”