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Press Release: NETWORK’s “Nuns on the Bus” Hit the Road for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

May 20, 2013

BUS TRIP CONTACT: Casey Schoeneberger, Faith in Public Life,

NETWORK CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, NETWORK Commun. Coord., 202-347-9797 ext. 224,  

(Washington, DC) – Joining with labor, civic and fellow faith leaders, NETWORK’s “Nuns on the Bus” are hitting the road for a 6,500-mile, 15-state tour to raise their voices for bipartisan, commonsense immigration reform. The trip is scheduled to begin across from Ellis Island at Liberty State Park in NJ on May 29 and conclude with a rally in the shadow of San Francisco’s Angel Island on June 18.

Catholic Sisters on the tour are urging lawmakers to support legislation that provides a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans, promotes family unity, and protects the rights of all immigrant workers. 

The tour is called “NETWORK Nuns on the Bus: A Drive for Faith, Family, and Citizenship.”

“Catholic Sisters and people of faith know that when America celebrates and promotes our history as a nation of immigrants, we are better prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century,” said Sr. Simone Campbell, organizer of the original “Nuns on the Bus” in 2012 and Executive Director of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby. “While some fringe politicians have tried to promote anti-immigrant rhetoric, Americans have flatly rejected that nonsense. Rebuffing fear and valuing the contributions of current and future immigrants doesn’t limit opportunity, but rather opens us up for limitless success and future innovation.”

Featuring Catholic Sisters from around the country, and sponsored by NETWORK, the bus will stop at historical landmarks, drive through the Southern states, plains of Texas and border towns throughout the Southwest. Sisters will rally with community members at more than 50 faith-based agencies and local congressional offices to lift up the voices of both aspiring Americans and citizens who have been impacted by America