Capitol Police Arrest Scores of Catholic Leaders During National Day of Action for Dreamers

At least forty Catholics were arrested on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, following a peaceful act of civil disobedience at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. The individuals arrested, the majority of whom are members of religious communities, were in the nation’s capitol to participate in the National Catholic Day of Action for Dreamers.

Capitol police made the arrests as the group was reciting the Rosary and singing gospel hymns. Fr. Tom Reese, one of the forty people arrested, stated in his column prior to the demonstration “I plan to get arrested Tuesday” while taking part in an act of civil disobedience at the Capitol.

During a press conference before the event, Sister JoAnn Persch, a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, said: “These young Dreamers are a gift to our country and I stand with them in this moment of truth. You can’t call yourself a person of faith and not act.” Sr. JoAnn and her colleague, Sr. Pat Murphy, are Chicago based and long-term activists for immigrant justice and reform.

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