"Don't deport our friends"

Several staff members of Emmaus Ministries participated in local gatherings supporting DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

At one, an Emmaus ministry assistant, Breanna Mekuly, said: “I believe in the dignity of all human beings, regardless of where they were born. To me, this means adequate food, clean water, housing, education, safety, and job opportunities. DACA has provided these necessities for many of my friends who came to the U.S. as children.”

Emmaus Ministries stands with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the call for action to protect Dreamers. We accept and support the LCWR statement issued in response to the recent decision by President Trump to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)—a decision that has thrown thousands of immigrants who came to the US as children into turmoil as regards their status. Under DACA they were saved from deportation and allowed to live, study and work legally.

Pictured: Breanna Mekuly, an Emmaus ministry assistant, holding a sign saying “Don’t deport my friends” at a local rally in Erie.

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