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US Franciscans speak out against President Trump’s DACA action


September 5, 2017
As leaders and members of the Franciscan Order in the United States, we object in strenuous terms to the decision of President Donald Trump to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This decision constitutes a rejection of the 2012 executive order by President Barack Obama that allowed young immigrants, who were brought to the United States by their parents, to seek the opportunity to realize their full potential.  President Obama’s executive order was not only moral, it also responded to the highest ideals of our nation.

The 780,000 “dreamers” (those who have received deferred action) are good, generous, talented and hard-working individuals. Many of them we know personally in and through our various  Franciscan ministries. We have celebrated the DACA program with them as a modern response to the Biblical imperative to “welcome the stranger.” Now, after President Trump’s decision to end the executive action, we commit ourselves to stand in support of and solidarity with “dreamers.”

We urge all members of the communities we serve to condemn this unnecessary and harmful order by President Trump. Furthermore, we call upon all to contact their members of Congress and urge them to pass legislation that will fully welcome “dreamers” to our nation, remove the permanent shadow of their temporary status and make it illegal to deport or harm them. We join the U.S. Catholic Bishops in advocating for the bi-partisan “Dream Act of 2017,” H.R.3440 and S. 1615.  This legislation can help “dreamers” receive a piece of the security and human dignity they and all people deserve.

Unless a permanent legislative solution is enacted that welcomes and fully incorporates the young men and women “dreamers” who are already a vibrant part of our communities, our society will take yet another step on the path of moral and social decline.

Provincial Ministers of the United States of America

Very Rev. Robert Campagna, OFM
Very Rev. David Gaa, OFM
Very Rev.  James Gannon, OFM
Very Rev.  Kevin Mullen, OFM
Very Rev.  Thomas Nairn, OFM
Very Rev.  Jack Clark Robinson, OFM
Very Rev.  Mark Soehner, OFM

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Mexican Bakers trapped for 2 Days Feed Harvey Victims

Loaves and Fishes

Taken from telegraph.co.uk –

 

A team of kind-hearted Mexican bakers left cut off by Hurricane Harvey floodwater decided to spend their time making hundreds of bread loaves to help victims of the disaster.

El Bolillo Bakery employees, in Houston, Texas, were stuck inside the store for two days and “cooked all night long” to provide food for those in need.

“Hurricane Harvey pan dulce – we are going to take [it] to those in need,” they posted on social media. “Bakers were stuck inside for two days!

“Hearts go out to those in danger and those who have lost everything…we are closed until further notice, but our bakers cooked all night long and we will be prepared to help as soon as we can with bread.”

They added in another post: “Some of our employees are still flooded or stranded, the bakers we have, have been baking over 24 hours so far…. so we are doing the best we can to help you get bread. We will be bringing bread to shelters today too.”

Their actions have been praised online, with Maria Salazar commenting: “That’s amazing! It warms my heart to see this.”

Jo Henderson wrote: “You are truly a blessing to our community and city.”

“You shared so much love to those who desperately needed it. Thank you to you wonderful bakers for sharing your wonderful talents with those who need caring so much right now,” wrote another.