IHM Sisters Support ‘Dreamers’

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SCRANTON -- Flipping through the Scranton Times-Tribune, your eyes may fall on a message from the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters based in Scranton of, "disappointment and moral outrage" against President Trump's decision to terminate DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Under that, the ad lists the names of the more than 300 sisters who support DACA. Sister Margret Gannon is one of the names listed in the paper.

“Why are we doing this now? Because all through our years, we have continued to be concerned and responsible for the wellbeing of refugee people and immigrant people,” said Sister Margaret Gannon, IHM.

Sister Margaret says the ad took two weeks to put together. She heard the concerns of immigrants two weeks ago when the Trump administration ended DACA and made it Congress's responsibility to save the "dreamers."

“Their parents brought them because they didn’t want to be separated from their children. That sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? That children and their parents should be together, so we believe that it is the only right thing to do,” Gannon.

Gannon and the other sisters weren't the only ones with strong feelings about DACA. The bishop of the Diocese of Scranton blasted the DACA move too. Newswatch 16 spoke with members of St. Peter's Cathedral after Mass.

“I know it's controversial but I certainly respect people that want to voice their opinion, and it's a public forum, so I am all for it,” said Gary Beccaloni of Old Forge.

“These are children that are here in this country for many years now. They are educating, they are working, they are contributing and I think this ad in the paper by the IHM nuns is really amazing,” said Jack Woodbridge of Scranton.

The sisters of IHM want Congress to pass a bill that would prove a path to citizenship for the Dreamers.

President Trump and Democratic leaders met last week, trying to find an agreement to keep DACA recipients here.


  • look in the mirror

    CEEME Everything you say points to the same issue. The presence of “illegals”, DACA’s or whoever has no bearing whatsoever on your situation or anybody else’s. Americans have developed a sense that just because by chance they entered this world through the loins of an American woman they are ENTITLED to be millionaires. You and everybody else have the right to do the hard work, get educated and get a well-paying job. Nobody, but nobody, but yourself impedes you from doing that. And by the way if you were born with medical or other issues that don’t allow that, it is with great pleasure that I pay my taxes to help you.

    • CeeMe

      And you keep repeating the same tripe and non-truths. I am not impeded and feel fine with where I am in life and the money I make. Did you read my post? I’m not expecting my job to make me a millionaire. I don’t have disabilities, so sorry to “impede” on your happiness. Some people are blaming a lot of Daca’s and some of their thoughts might be right and some of them aren’t. Daca’s arent’ the problem for everything. The bigger issue here is illegal immigration and the world thinking my country is theirs for the taking. American Citizens are part the issue, too, and uncontrolled immigration is unfair to them. Please stop with your tripe.

    • CeeMe

      And you keep repeating the same tripe and non-truths. I am not impeded and feel fine with where I am in life and the money I make. Did you read my post? I’m not expecting my job to make me a millionaire. I don’t have disabilities, so sorry to “impede” on your happiness. Some people are blaming a lot of Daca’s and some of their thoughts might be right and some of them aren’t. Daca’s arent’ the problem for everything. The bigger issue here is illegal immigration and the world thinking my country is theirs for the taking. American Citizens are part the issue, too, and uncontrolled immigration is unfair to them. Please stop with your tripe. As far as me, talking about the same issue, that is what this article is about, goofy.

    • Writer Girl

      You and your kind think that just because you weren’t born in America, but in a crappy country, that gives you the right to go and squat anywhere you please and demand a good life. Then foreigners wonder why people can’t stand their ignorant selves.

  • CeeMe

    Another P.S. I don’t feel the least bit sorry that so many illegals won’t collect their Social Security. That’s the deal they made or their parents made, when they engaged in illegal activities. They traded life in their cesspool countries for a better one here, and got more than they deserve. Besides, if you knew anything, you would know that as non-citizens, they pay a FRACTION IN TAXES, compared to Citizens. Many employers don’t even take out SS taxes for them. That’s where businesses make out. That and other breaks, are part of the reason they get ahead so quickly, not strictly hard work. Go away with your wrong assumptions. If WNEP really wants to set the record straight on immigrants, legal and otherwise, they’d look into such things. I’m not holding my breath.

  • CeeMe

    P.S. If there are tons of food rotting in CA fields, I doubt it’s because of lack of workers, as there are plenty of illegals here already and we have legal workers, too. Americans can’t afford to work for peanuts and most don’t need the housing that comes with these jobs. Maybe illegals don’t want the jobs either. Besides, there’s always a way to get crops harvested, including automation. The problem is the greedy owners don’t want to spend the money. I know that in the past, crops got harvested by people and machines, despite all the hype about needing illegals to do it.

  • CeeMe

    LOOK IN THE MIRROR: Who cares what it was like before the war? After the war, we had laws to follow and most of those governed by those laws, followed them. Do you want to see my grandfather’s passport? I can show it to you. I make a good salary and it’s in keeping with my education/training. I didn’t expect it to make me a millionaire. Many DACA received in-state tuition to attend universities, so stop being a liar and/or ignorant of the facts. No one is saying DACA is the problem for everything, but illegal immigration is a big, costly problem and how do you know E-Verify won’t be part of immigration reform? Please stop twisting everything.

  • JD

    Overheard conversation on a playground. First kid says, ” my parents are here illegally, and they’ll be deported. We’ll be separated. I feel terrible!” Second kid says, “my parents were born here. They’re both in the military and deployed to afganistan. We’ve been separated for a long time. I miss them dearly, but I feel proud!”

    • Writer Girl

      Yep, big difference between real Americans and pompous jerks, too stupid to do things right. Then they waste all their time and energy complaining. I knew a family who moved from state to state, years ago, when some states were coming up with ordinances that worked against illegals. What a great life they’re building in America, huh? Bunch of idiots.

    • get real

      Hey trump said that “only he” had a plan to get us out of Afghanistan immediately during the campaign as he is soooo smart. Liar. Big news, we will be there as long as he is in office. And it has nothing to do with “terrorism” — it has to do with the billions that he and his Russian partners will make on the immense mineral deposits there. Of course American kids (not his of course) will die in the process of making him richer. Sad.

      • Writer Girl

        Trump didn’t start that war and has acknowledged it’s a situation we might have to stay in a little longer. He wants to make the Afghanis more competent to fight their own battles. That will take forever. Terrorism is real.

  • trucker

    If the Vatican takes down that HUGE wall around their capitol Then the Pope can invite them in.
    Not holding my breath

  • wake up

    Stop your crap. NOBODY is fighting for the job of cleaning to clean Trump’s poop stains off his gold plated toilets at Mar a Logo. These DACA kids are working their butts off to make a life here and many are going to college and doing better than your lazy white “”mericans” who think you should be be millionaires for driving a truck or working at Hobby Lobby. Your think you are “legit” because your grandparents “waltzed” into this country “legally” when the idea of a passport or visa didn’t exist and your name is not even the real one because some guard at Ellis Island wrote down whatever he thought he heard your grandparents mumble in some foreign language. And then you have the gall to call yourselves “Christians”. Jesus is rolling in his grave.

      • get real

        I’m glad you mentioned that. It gives me hope you might actually have read a few words of the Bible and might someday take to heart what that Jewish carpenter said about sharing and compassion.

    • CeeMe

      You’re the only who needs to wake up. White Europeans built this country and were legal, regardless of your dumb reasoning. You think Jesus condones illegality? Besides, many illegals work good jobs in construction, restaurant management and more and their kids cost us plenty. Stop denying the facts to fit your stupid agenda. The US belongs to American citizens, not entitled losers.

      • look in the mirror

        CEEME: It’s too bad that your “comments” have no basis in fact. 1) It is a fact that nobody had visas and even passports to enter the US until well after WW1. Nobody came here with prior approval — especially the majority of Polish, Czech, Ukranian etc immigrants of NEPA. 2) There are currently thousands of tons of food rotting in the fields of California for lack of “legal” workers wanted to do those jobs. Moreover if “illegals” are indeed holding jobs like you mentioned, they are paying billions in taxes and social security and will never see the benefits of those monies paid (see the Pew Foundation study on that). The key here is that too many trump-ists think somehow they are not millionaires because of DACA etc when they don’t want to do what they have to enter better paying fields (i.e.get an education). That’s just a hard truth. (and by the way DACA kids are not allowed federal aid for college and so many are finding a way to get educated and become nurses, doctors and scientists anyway) 3) Finally I don’t hear you complaining that the GOP refuses to enact laws that punish employers who hire “illegals” and trump himself hires hundreds to clean his poop of the gold plated toilets at Mar a Lago. DACA kids are not the problem here — just look at the crime stories on this site.

  • Allen

    Sister Margaret Gannon should be smart enough to know that the DACA order issued by Obama was unconstitutional and an overreach by the executive branch. Facing numerous legal challenges, it would have surely been defeated in the courts. By ending the program early, the Trump Administration essentially threw it a lifeline and gave Congress 6 months to come up with a solution to the situation involving the individuals affected. Now we all know how well Congress screws things up, but facts are facts and the good sister should be waiting half a year to express her “disappointment and moral outrage” towards the ones who most likely will fail to resolve the issue. That said, the original order should never have been issued in the first place as we could have avoided this whole situation back then.

  • CeeMe

    I wonder if the sisters and others, saw the TV piece where Dreamers surrounded Nancy Pelosi and DEMANDED, while shouting her down, that Congress give citizenship to all 11 million or more illegals. Demanded. These entitled, disrespectful people are our future adults. How do you think they will run this country? I have the answer. They will change it for their benefit and it will be unrecognizable.

  • warningfakenews

    Does the church derive funding from the government from offering services to DACA people? The answer to THAT question will likely shed some light on the reason they took a political stance here.

  • Lance

    I have great respect for the sisters and all members of the clergy. But stay out of political issues. This is not religion. Remember separation of church and state. Or using a quate from Jesus render up to Caesar what is Caesars and render up to God is God’s

    • eunice

      The sisters should know all the facts. What I find most interesting is the all out BLITZ by the Democrats, MSM, every faculty member at any university in the country are fighting to the death for illegal aliens? can you imagine the Democrats ever being this interested in issues involving citizens!

      There is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs American Citizens don’t have. The MSM and Democrats would have you believe that all 800 thousand are not taking jobs Americans want (we’ve heard that lie for many years). This is another falsehood told to the American people (like the lie there just ‘Kids”) there not all picking strawberries they take good Jobs. Good enough jobs to buy homes,put their kids through college Why must the citizens have competition for jobs, education in their own country from foreign nationals?

      Now Democrats and illegal alien activists admit DACA recipients have great jobs,are buying homes, paying taxes. The GOAL (Democrats just haven’t figured this out yet) is for the American citizens to be employed, sending their kids to college, buying homes and paying taxes. It’s not the responsibility of the citizens of this country to support, educate citizens from other country’s.Deportation will save jobs and decrease the expense of illegal aliens.

      The costs of illegal immigration.

      * The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien. That is not even counting the FREE school lunches every day for 13 years.

      *2012 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

      *30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At 21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison—do the math.

      * Using the Obama created program- DACA, 800,000 illegal aliens has funneled 800 THOUSAND jobs away from American Citizens.

      *$17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

      *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

      *$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps),WIC, & free school lunches for illegal aliens.

      • Tom D

        You’re a real humanitarian, Eunice. Good grief. Please readers, understand, the vast majority of NEPA people do not share this view. We believe in helping those who need help, especially those who have not erred in any way. It’s the fair thing the do, the moral thing to do, and as the IHM Sisters so beautifully point out, the Christian thing to do.

      • Writer Girl

        Thanks for weighing in, Eunice. Your post is so true. Just think. With the billions we supplied to non-citizens, we could have a great healthcare plan for all citizens. Not to mention a lot of other things.

      • eunice

        How many billions must taxpayers of this country pay before we are good humanitarians in your view Tom? and how can you speak for the vast majority?

      • Tom D

        Spending money on fellow human beings is money well spent. This country has many more proud and productive people because of it. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free…” That’s the America I love. And I speak for the vast majority because I have supreme faith in my neighbors, friends, family and fellow people of NEPA.

    • Writer Girl

      Separation of church and state has nothing to do with this situation or even having religious statues on public land. Seperation was designed to keep the government from becoming a theocracy, for example, like Iran. The rest of the BS associated with it, is from liberals who twisted our Constitution to fit their BS.

  • CeeMe

    Sister Gannon, my grandfather came here as a teen. Just barely one. His parents put him on a boat with a woman from the same town and teen and parents never saw each other again. You make decisions and live with the consequences, not demand to be accommodated for everything you want. Then again, even though it was hard, my grandfather and his parent, weren’t whiney, weak people.

  • CeeMe

    If you support them so much, then pay the share of the taxes of people who don’t want to support them in any way. Their illegal parents who were counting on gaming the system, and did, are the reason they are in their present position. It isn’t Pres. Trump’s fault or the American people’s fault. When will people start being responsible for their own actions? We aren’t obligated to help the world, just because we were once a country of immigrants. The world has changed. Besides, Jesus doesn’t support illegality.

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