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Congregational Endorsements
Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary signed on in support of the following endorsements for justice:

May 2, 2019: At the invitation of Just Foreign Policy, LaDonna Manternach, BVM signed onto a letter supporting a Senate resolution that would prevent funding from being appropriated in the event of an unauthorized U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. Letter sent to all members of the U.S. Senate.

May 2, 2019: At the request of Church World Service, Teri Hadro, BVM signed onto a letter supporting the Guaranteed Refugee Ceiling Enhancement Act (GRACE Act), which would restore U.S. leadership on refugee resettlement and uphold our nation’s commitment to provide safety for refugees fleeing persecution. It would set a minimum floor for the annual refugee admissions goal (“Presidential Determination”) at 95,000─the historic average. Letter sent to members of Congress.

May 7, 2019: At the request of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), LaDonna Manternach, BVM signed onto a petition calling on the Trump Administration to ensure that asylum seekers have access to legal counsel, safe access to ports of entry, receive credible fear interviews, not be detained and separated from their families, and to seek alternatives to detention. Letter sent to the U.S. Administration.

May 9, 2019: At the invitation of the National Immigrant Justice Center, LaDonna Manternach, BVM signed onto a letter opposing a supplemental funding request for CBP (Customs and Border Protection), DOD (Department of Defense), DOJ (Department of Justice), and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Letter sent to members of Congress.

June 4, 2019: At the invitation of We Are All USA, LaDonna Manternach signed onto a letter in opposition to the nomination of Ronald Mortensen to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). Letter sent to the U.S. Senate.

June 5, 2019: At the request of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, Teri Hadro signed an endorsement of a Congressional oversight letter on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) requesting data to support the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) use of TPS and the problematic issues related to the continued administration of the program. Letter sent to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Homeland Security.

June 12, 2019: At the invitation of the National Immigration Law Center, LaDonna Manternach signed onto a letter urging repairs to the 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, so as to end a) immigration detention without bail, b) the automatic deportation of individuals who have had contact with the criminal legal system, and c) the entanglement of local policing and immigration enforcement; also to repeal laws that make migration a crime. Letter sent to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

June 18, 2019: At the invitation of the Coalition on Human Need, Teri Hadro signed onto a letter urging Congress to raise the dollar spending caps on human needs programs in the FY 2020 appropriations bills. Letter sent to Members of Congress.

June 20, 2019: At the request of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), LaDonna Manternach endorsed a letter to the Department of Homeland Security urging an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 7,000 current Syrian TPS holders and their families because of the ongoing war in Syria. Letter sent to Acting Secretary Kevin McAlleenan for the Department of Homeland Security.

June 21, 2019: At the invitation of the Coalition on Human Need, LaDonna Manternach signed onto a letter expressing support for the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections for Separated Children Act (HELP for Separated Children) and the HELP Separated Families Act, which codify protections for children separated from their parents by immigration enforcement actions. Letter sent to Members of Congress.

June 29, 2019: At the request of Immigration and Immigrant Families, LaDonna Manternach signed onto a letter of support for the reintroduction of the Protecting Sensitive Locations Act 2019, which would codify and expand the Department of Homeland Security’s sensitive locations policy that currently restricts immigration enforcement actions in places such as schools, hospitals, and places of worship. Letter send to Members of Congress.

July 30, 2019: At the request of Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, Teri Hadro signed onto letters to five banks urging them to stop financing the private prison sector, i.e. CoreCivic and Geo Group, because of the conditions in these facilities and the mistreatment of migrants. Letters sent to Regions Financial Corporation (RF), Citizens Financial Group (CFG), Pinnacle Financial Partners (PNFP), First Tennessee Bank (Subsidiary of First Horizon National Corporation FHN), and Synovus Bank (SNV).

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