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Photos from @SistersofMercy 6/25 Public Witness: “Stop Deporations! Stop Ripping Families Apart!”

June 27, 2011

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On Saturday, June 25, more than 400 Sisters of Mercy along with leadership and members of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Eighth Day Center for Justice, and the Chicago Archdiocesan Office of Immigrant Affairs on the grounds of Saint Xavier University in Chicago took a stand against deportation of immigrants.

The Sisters of Mercy recognize an urgent duty and challenge to stand in solidarity with immigrants seeking fullness of life.  “Our immigration system is broken,” explained Sisters of Mercy JoAnn Persch and Pat Murphy, (pictured here) organizers of the event.  “We see families being torn apart and it is destroying the very fabric of our nation.”

The Sisters of Mercy signed letters to President Obama to stop deportations and stop ripping families apart.  Silhouettes of men and women facing deportation were held by the Sisters of Mercy and placed in the ground at Saint Xavier University, as a sign of their solidarity with these those who have been deported leaving families behind.  The witness also included prayer, song and testimonies.

Saint Xavier University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846.

  • For more information, read this Deportation Backgrounder.
  • Click here to join the Sisters of Mercy for this public witness.
  • Read this article on the Sisters of Mercy’s history of speaking out on behalf of immigrants.
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