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Mercy Enews
No. 468 | 27 June 2012

Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, used her inheritance in service of the needs of her time. Today, Sisters of Mercy, through Mercy International Association, use their resources to respond to issues of global poverty demonstrated in the massive displacement of persons worldwide...This vision keeps alive the founding spirit of Catherine among peoples of the world most in need of God's compassion and mercy.
from the MIA Visioning Statement 2007

Feature

Mercies Call Upon Politicians to Pass Dream Act (Americas)

...to stand in solidarity with immigrants...--Critical Concerns, 2005 Chapter Acts

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas have been advocating for 10 years for the DREAM Act ( legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for young, undocumented immigrants). Passing the DREAM Act is one step toward that reform that will benefit everyone.

The Department of Homeland Security’s announcement on June 15 to remove the threat of deportation for some young adults who came to the United States as children without documentation was welcomed by the Institute.

 Pat McDermott rsm, president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas said, “While this directive is not a replacement for legislation that would create a permanent solution for these young people, it is a step in the right direction.” Read the Statement here.

On Friday, June 22, hundreds of members of the South Central Community gathered in Assembly in North Carolina (June 21-24) took the opportunity to call their U.S. senators and representatives to urge them to support the DREAM Act.

The " Dial a DREAM" event was widely reported in the press and on television. The NewsChannel 36 video report is linked to this item (00:1:50).

Messages to: 
Pat Kenny rsm - Institute Communications
Myra Joines - Director of Communications, South Central

Editor: Background on The DREAM Act (acronym for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) can be accessed here.

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Mercy Links

World Refugee Day
To mark World Refugee Day (June 20) the Boston Globe in its The Big Picture presented 30 powerful images representing the estimated 42 million displaced people worldwide.

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