This time the bus is scheduled to travel 6,500 miles over three weeks, stopping in 15 states. Most of those states – like Florida, Texas and California – have large Latino populations and are on the front line of the debate about creating a path to citizenship for as many as 11 million undocumented immigrants. The tour is set to conclude June 18 on Angel Island in San Francisco.
Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the Catholic social justice lobbying group, urged congregants to call legislators. Emblazoned on the sides of the bus were instructions on how to join the cause.
Sister Simone Campbell, who leads the Nuns on the Bus, says immigration reform is a natural fit for the group. "Immigration is at the heart of our Catholic faith. It's about community. We need to welcome the stranger, and treat the stranger as yourself," she says.
In his welcoming remarks, Bishop O’Connell noted the May 21 statement from New Jersey’s bishops urging support of fair and just immigration reform and praised the sisters’ efforts in reminding one and all of America’s heritage as a nation of immigrants. During the event, co-sponsored by the parish and The Center for Faith Justice located on its grounds, the bishop lent his “prayer and encouragement to the cause of comprehensive immigration reform” which reflects Catholic social teaching.
The 'Nuns on the Bus' came through Charlottesville on their national tour to promote an immigration reform bill. They stopped at St. Paul's Catholic Church near the UVa Corner and spoke to a crowd of dozens.
These nuns are driving around the U.S. promoting the immigration reform bill and today they made a pit stop in Charlottesville to speak with Congressman Robert Hurt's staff.
NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, made South Scranton the second stop on a 6,500-mile cross-country trek focused on raising awareness and support for immigration policies that protect family unity and workers' rights and provide a pathway to citizenship for those already in the U.S.
"We have got to make this an urgent message of now," Sr. Simone Campbell, head of the social justice lobby NETWORK, which organized the tour, told a rally on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. "The next six to eight weeks is going to determine what we can accomplish," Campbell said as she pointed to nearby Ellis Island, the American gateway for generations of immigrants. "The time is now for immigration reform."
"[Sister Simone] Campbell heads “Network,” a Catholic social justice group lobbying members of Congress to support the comprehensive immigration reform bill now in the US Senate. “We have a narrow window of time before they’re going to get back on budget issues and other issues. We have to get this done by August,” Campbell says.