NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus are back on the road driving for faith, family, and citizenship — traveling across the United States — 6,500 miles over 15 states — 53 events in 40 cities — standing with immigrants, faith-filled activists, and Catholic Sisters who serve immigrant communities.
We call for commonsense immigration reform that:
Ensures family unity
Protects the rights of immigrant workers
Acknowledges that our borders are already secure, with only minor changes needed
Speeds up processing of already-approved immigrants
Enhances the present diversity visa program
Provides a clear and direct pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people who are undocumented in the U.S.
Our message is clear: We need commonsense immigration policies that reflect our values, not our fears. Congress must act now!
Nuns on the Bus will be in Arizona June 11-12 promoting immigration reform.
The tour, involving Sister Simone Campbell and 26 other Catholic sisters, is about to begin its second year of traveling the country on behalf of social justice. The nuns drew plenty of publicity and support last year.
The tour, an outreach of Network, a social-justice lobby operated by nuns, kicks off Tuesday in New Haven, Conn., and ends on June 18 in San Francisco. Campbell, well-known for her appearances on the “Colbert Report” and her address to the Democratic National Convention last year, is executive director of Network.
She spoke in Phoenix this year.
She says the immigration bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee deserves widespread support.
“It’s a great step,” she said. “Arizona would benefit from this bill.”
She said the bill supports a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and strives to keep families together.
Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake were among the “Gang of Eight” senators behind the bill, and the bus will visit their Phoenix offices.
“We need the highest possible vote in the Senate,” Campbell said, “to have a chance in the House.”
Campbell came up with the bus tour last year after the Vatican issued a “doctrinal assessment” of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, widely seen as a crackdown on the organization that represents about 80 percent of sisters. Network was singled out by name in the assessment.
“There was a lot of attention after the assessment,” she said. “I wondered how we could take advantage of that. It was a surprise how things took off.”
The first tour stopped in nine states and covered 2,700 miles. This tour will cover 14 states and Washington, D.C., and 6,500 miles.
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