In a recent article for the Global Sisters Report, Dominican Sister of Peace and 2015 Vocation Fund Grant Recipient Sister Ana Gonzalez called for prayer and action on behalf of immigrant children.
"There are approximately 1 million undocumented children under the age of 18 living in the United States," she writes, "children who, through no fault of their own, are automatically marginalized, discriminated against, and who daily fear deportation. In my ministry, I face the heartbreaking reality of children who seek peace, opportunity and support from their communities. Their uncertain immigration status is a black cloud over what could have been a bright future."
Gonzalez, who serves many immigrants in her ministry at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT, says, "Those who walk with and witness the challenges faced by immigrant children must speak on their behalf, encouraging legislative leaders to pass laws protecting them. We must demand a permanent solution guaranteeing lawful protection and a pathway to citizenship, so Dreamers and DACA recipients can remain in this nation and continue to contribute positively to our communities."
Gonzalez makes an appeal for direct and specific action: "We can reach out in various ways: leave a voicemail with the White House or write a message on their comment form. We can contact our representative and our senator, go to the offices of our members of Congress during their home visits, or write to them at their offices in Washington. . . . We can all do something to make a difference!"