Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston React to TPS Termination For Salvadorans

January 12, 2018

Brighton, MA:  As persons of faith who embrace the Gospel value of respect for the dignity of each individual, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and our Associates are disappointed and saddened by the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status of more than 200,000 Salvadorans. Since 2001, TPS has provided these people the opportunity to work in this country, to receive an education, to remain united with their families, and to contribute to the communities in which they reside.  The termination of the program causes fear of deportation to a country suffering from violence, food and housing shortages, and a devastated economy.  In addition, families (especially those with U.S. citizen children) will be torn apart, and communities will lose outstanding contributors to society and the economy.

Catholic sisters have a long history of accompanying immigrants and refugees. We Sisters of St. Joseph were invited to Boston in 1873 to minister to immigrant families. We continue to minister among aspiring citizens in schools, hospitals, and service agencies. We see the devastating effects of the current immigration system every day, including the anxiety and chaos generated by the rescinding of both DACA and TPS.

In addition to Salvadorans, TPS has been terminated for Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Sudanese, and Hondurans are threatened as well.  We call on Congress to find a bipartisan legislative solution for longtime TPS recipients as part of meaningful immigration reform and to do this in a timely way. Welcoming immigrants has been an important American value, and the contribution of immigrants to America’s prosperity is undeniable.

We stand in solidarity with our immigrant communities and with all those who support the passage of legislation that will embody the biblical and American value of “welcoming the stranger.”

Contact: Betty Cawley, CSJ – Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, Justice Promoter,  617-746-2102



The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, is a Congregation of vowed women religious and associates who minister in the Greater Boston area and beyond. They trace their roots from LePuy, France (1651), Lyon, France (1807), St. Louis, MO (1836) and arrived in Boston, MA in 1873. They identify with the cries of a world, stunned by violence and seek to reopen communications in divided communities, to search for shared values, and to empower individuals to explore common ground for the healing of humankind. They are part of The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph composed of more than 4,500 members, 2,800 associates, and enjoy NGO status in the United Nations.