Leadership Conference of Women Religious Issues Statement Opposing Arizona Immigration Legislation

 [Silver Spring, MD]  The presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) issued a statement on April 29 opposing the enactment and implementation of Arizona SB 1070, which criminalizes undocumented immigrants.

 “It is unthinkable to us that in this country a state legislature and governor would give law enforcement officers power to detain and arrest individuals based on the color of their skin or manner of dress or of speaking,” wrote Sisters Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA, LCWR president; Mary Hughes, OP, president-elect; and J Lora Dambroski, OSF, past president.

 “For many years Catholic sisters in LCWR member congregations have worked closely with immigrant communities and understand their suffering, frustration, and fear of being detained, separated from their children, and deported,” they added.