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Keep Families Together


Since our founding in 1850, even before statehood was granted to California, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael have been committed to the education, health and well-being of children and their families, including refugees from Hungary, Viet Nam, Iraq, and El Salvador.

In 1981 we adopted a stance on sanctuary for Salvadoran and Guatemalan refugees, fleeing from political turmoil. We hosted two families in our motherhouse then and have since continued to study the issue of migration, and advocate for families fleeing from desperate and terrifying economic and/or political conditions.

In November 2017 we officially renewed our call for immigration reform, expressing our solidarity with migrants seeking asylum, sanctuary and family unification.

We do this as Catholic women grounded in Catholic social teaching, and in alignment with our mission statement “to bring the Gospel to bear with depth and compassion on the critical issues of our times,” and our vision statement that “we reverence and affirm the inherent dignity of each person.”

In the context of our deep study of and commitment to this issue, we stand in strong opposition to the current policy of the Federal government to separate children from their parents at the US-Mexico border. We are appalled that children are being warehoused in detention centers with no provision for communication or information relayed to their parents about their whereabouts.

We cannot and will not remain silent. As St. Catherine of Siena said, “It is silence that kills the world.”

We invite you to consider joining us in taking action:

  • Contact Attorney General Jeff Sessions and urge him to stop the implementation of any policy that separates children and youth from their families.

Suggested script:

We want the immigration agencies — ICE, Border Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Refugee Resettlement — to stop the implementation of any policy that separates children and youth from their families. We urge the Administration to enlist qualified non-profit social service agencies to ensure the well-being of all children who are in their custody. Additionally, we disagree with your decision that domestic violence and gang violence are no longer grounds for asylum.

Dial (202) 353-1555 and make your voice be heard.

  • Contact your Senators: 1-888-897-9753 and urge them to address the family separation crisis.

Suggested script:

“Hello, my name is _______ and I am a constituent from ____City/State______.  I am outraged over reports of family separation at the U.S. border.  I’m urging the Senator to support the Help Separated Children Act (S. 2937) of 2018 and the Keep Families Together Act (S. 3036).  What else is my Senator doing to address family separation at the border? 

Dial (888) 897-9753 to make your voice heard.



Preachers of  Truth • Love • Justice