JPIC Current Issues
Please Support the BRIDGE Act
The BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act, S.128/H.R. 496, was recently introduced in Congress as a bipartisan effort to sustain the temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility offered to youth through the Department of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Under the BRIDGE Act, young people who came to the United States as children would maintain their eligibility to work and live in the U.S. without the fear of deportation and family separation so long as they meet certain requirements, such as showing a commitment to education or honorable service in our military and having no history of serious crime.
There are more than 750,000 young people who have received and benefitted from DACA. These youth entered the U.S. as children and know America as their only home. They are contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes and communities. As Catholics, we have long supported DACA youth and their families as we believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, especially that of our children.
Ask your Senators and Representative to support and co-sponsor the BRIDGE ACT by sending the following message:
As a Catholic I write to express my strong support for the "Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act," S.128/H.R. 496. The BRIDGE Act protects the dignity of DACA-eligible youth by ensuring that these individuals, who were brought to the United States as children and are contributing so much to our nation, can continue to live their lives free of the anxiety that they could be deported at any time to a country they do not know and separated from their families.
I urge you to:
During this critical postelection time, the USA Roman Union Ursuline Leadership teams invite our sisters and collaborators to commit ourselves to engage in prayer, reflection and compassionate responses to the needs of our world, our nation and our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.
St. Angela invites us: “…always act out of charity, with faith and hope in God”.
Pope Francis tells us: ? “Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves to seek the good of others.” (The Joy of the Gospel)
Our Ursuline Chapter call: “Be the change you wish to see” compels us through word and deed to act in God’s name who accompanies us in light and darkness.
The North American Ursuline Sisters, Associates and Collaborators, meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, July 7 – 10, 2016, are shocked and saddened by the continuing violence in our country. We call for respect for each individual person. Our differences are not a cause for violence among us, but an opportunity for dialogue and finding solutions in this challenging era.
Our foundress, St. Angela Merici, calls us to:
We pledge to live the call of non-violence and compassion through our prayer, our thoughts, words and deeds, and to participate in dialogue and actions in our local areas which will contribute to reconciliation and understanding.
Ursuline Sisters of Brown County
General Chapter Call