December 1, 2006 people of faith began gathering every Friday (year round) at 7:15 a.m. in prayer and presence at the Broadview Detention Center, Broadview, Illinois.
The unmarked white bus in the picture is transporting people to Chicago O’Hare Airport to be deported from the United States. We waved to them, raised our hands offering signs of peace, held rosaries, and signed “I Love You” in solidarity as the people being deported were driven away in an unmarked white bus whose windows are covered. Just one person on the bus today was charged with a criminal offense, the others with minor, i.e. traffic violations, a civil not criminal offense.
Currently, approxiamtely 11,000 persons are deported monthly from the United States. In 2009, a total of 387,790 people were deported. To learn more about the detention and deportation of migrants by the United States Department of Homeland Security Immigration Customs Enforcement visit DETENTION WATCH
Immigration in the New Congress
Catholics from across the United States are convening in Chicago to continue working for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Joanne Tromiczak-Neid, Justice Coordinator holds “Betsy, a Chantilly Lane Musical Bear” who wears a red velvet hat and sings “God Bless America.” Sister Aline Baumgartner joins in song as she proudly wears her “I VOTED” sticker.
The staff of the justice office spent the late morning visiting the sisters. They presented “I VOTED” stickers to those who voted absentee ballot and they heard stories of the sisters civic engagement.