More than 400 people expected at immigrants’ rights demonstration at SXU

More than 400 people are expected to attend an immigrants’ rights demonstration hosted by the Sisters of Mercy from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sat., June 25 at Saint Xavier University’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

The Sisters and other attendees will participate in a procession beginning at the Schmitt Quad while carrying silhouettes, each one bearing the name of an immigrant who was deported. The procession will end at the Warde Academic Center’s main entrance where speakers will share their personal experiences of how deportations affected their families. Afterwards, a litany of names of deported people will be read aloud and the person carrying the respective silhouette will place it on the lawn. The demonstration will end with the signing of a letter to President Obama urging him to aid the cause of immigrants’ rights.

Representatives from the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the 8th Day Center for Justice, and the Archdiocesan Office of Immigrant Affairs are scheduled to participate in the demonstration.

The Sisters of Mercy, the largest order of Catholic nuns in the U.S., founded Saint Xavier University. The Sisters help people in need, including the poor, immigrants, and the sick in need of health care.

For more information, visit the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas press page, or contact Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Communications Manager Stephanie Heiland at 301-587-0423, x2313 or