The Nuns on the Bus stopped by Charlottesville in helping to promote the need for fair and just immigration reform in America. Charlottesville Mayor Sandrana Huja, himself an immigrant from India, greeted the nuns and spoke of his support for their cause of needed immigration reform. The nuns were greeted with a diverse and enthusiastic group of people from Central Virginia.
Sister Simone Campbell was joined by other nuns from around the country and various religious orders to join Network: A National Catholic Justice Lobby, to lobby for fair and needed immigration reform. She was excited to report that she had just met with President Obama who supports immigration reform and he said that it is a bi-partisan issue and this is the year to get a bill passed. The reforms that Network lobby are supporting are immigration reform that include the following items:
- ensures family unity
- protects the rights of immigrant workers
- speeds up process of already-approved immigrants
- acknowledges our borders are already secure, with only minor changes needed
- enhances the present diversity visa program
- provides a clear, direct path to citizenship.
A fellow parishioner, Fanny, from Church of the Incarnation, came and gave powerful testimony at a meeting with representatives of Congressman Robert Hurt’s office in Albemarle County. She said that she is heartbroken due to her son being deported this past February. Fanny said her son is a law-abiding and hard-working person who contributed to the New Jersey community for over 20 years, but was deported to Ecuador and not given option for appeal. She lobbied for fair immigration reform that does not separate families and offers a path to citizenship.
Nuns on the Bus – The Movie
Melissa Regan is an award-winning documentary film maker, and she is following and recording the nuns on their journey. She is currently working on fundraising through her website and about to release a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to help complete the support needed to make this movie. You can follow the Nuns on the Bus on their website and though their social networks–check links below.
Video from Catholic New Service:
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, marks 25 years of service to supporting immigrants, and are anticipating a lot of work ahead with reforms: