Nuns on the Bus: Visit Local Congressman


May 31, 2013

They are called "Nuns on the Bus." They are a group of Catholic sisters going state to state with a motto is "Driving for faith, family and citizenship."

These nuns are driving around the U.S. promoting the immigration reform bill and today they made a pit stop in Charlottesville to speak with Congressman Robert Hurt's staff.

"They haven't made a decision, so the best that we got was a definite maybe," says Sister Simone Campbell.

These nuns want state representatives to take a stand on comprehensive immigration reform. Along with local immigrants, these nuns came out to Congressman hurt's office with a message.

"I want to call on Congressman Hurt to approach immigration with common sense," says Toan Nguyen, local immigrant and C'Ville Central,CEO.

Nguyen is a Vietnamese immigrant that moved to charlottesville 30 years ago and believes the work the nuns are doing will help benefit the nation.

"Some of our immigrants are too afraid to speak out, or are too busy working hard to feed their family to have the time and the know how to speak effectively," says Nguyen. "It's wonderful that the nuns are doing this."

"I think the most important thing that people need to understand is that it is a jigsaw puzzle because it is so complicated, there are so many parts," says Campbell. "But what I know is that if we deal with each of the pieces in a constructive way, we can make progress for our nation."

Thursday the nuns stopped by St. Paul's church near UVa's grounds and urged people to call and meet with their local representatives.

These ladies began their ride in New Haven, Connecticut. They will continue their journey through 40 cities until their tour ends in San Fransico


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