Here to Stay

immigration protestIt was a sunny day. It was an intense day. While many gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Climate March, a smaller group of a hundred or so gathered in Hartford, CT in a march for the rights of immigrants in Connecticut. The main sponsor for this “Here To Stay” rally was 32BJ SEIU, the largest services workers union in the country. Among those gathered in support of immigrants were Connie Knowles, DHS Associate and Sister Michèle Bisaillon  DHS.

“Here to Stay” was the rally cry, and all participants were there to express opposition to the United States’ new administration’s efforts to deport undocumented immigrants.

immigration protestSpeakers quoted a recent article from the Hartford Courant stating that “The administration’s crackdown on immigration, its push to severely restrict the number of immigrants allowed into the country and its threats to deport millions who have no legal documentation runs counter to America’s longstanding welcoming policy”.

Among the speakers at the rally were the Governor and Lt. Governor of Connecticut, U.S. Rep. John Larson, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, State Rep. William Tong, and some immigrants, worried about the possibility of deportation. Also sharing their opposition to mass deportations were Imman Mylan Zahir Muhammed Mannan and several  leaders of organizations ministering to the immigrant population.

immigration protestThe large group attending the rally represented  many cultures, and all were urged to write to their lawmakers and voice their opinions concerning the rights of immigrants. Larson clearly stated that public pressure is a powerful force in politics and that it is by participating in rallies such as this one, by “storming” our legislative offices with emails and letters and phone calls  expressing our opinions about such issues as immigration rights that we can hope to be heard and to bring about just change.  Let us do our part!
The US Province of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit does have a public declaration of its Corporate Stance on the issue of immigration Reform that states: “We, the Daughters of the Holy Spirit and DHS Associates, join the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in their call for Comprehensive Immigration Policy Reform in the U.S.A. With them, we call for legislation that includes family reunification, a path to earned legalization, worker protections, and an effective border policy that is humane rather than punitive.”

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