During National Migration Week, please take the opportunity to engage migrants as community members, neighbors, and friends. Here is the National Migration Week 2018 toolkit with facts, talking points, tips and so much more. There is a beautiful prayer in both English and Spanish at the end. Please use these materials for personal reflection and with your church community services. In addition, the Migration and Refugee Services office of the USCCB has homily helps, prayer cards, and petitions available on their website.
Each year on January 1st, the Catholic Church celebrates World Day of Peace.Pope Francis invites Catholics to embrace those who endure perilous journeys and hardships in order to find peace. He encourages us to use a “contemplative gaze”, recognizing that we are all part of God’s family. Pope Francis urges us to turn our gaze toward migrants and refugees, but also toward cities where we live and to our elected officials, “bearing in mind, that is, the needs of all members of the human family and the welfare of each.” Please read the 2018 World Peace Day Message here. Catholic Relief Services has put together this helpful guide to use in bringing the message of peace to action in our daily lives.
This week (October 29-November 2), people of faith across the country are participating in a national Week of Prayer and Action With Dreamers. Co-sponsored with others in the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, we are concentrating on and elevating the moral voice in support of the DREAM Act of 2017 (S.1615 and H.R. 3440. )
In our world today, 65 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, and 34,000 additional people are displaced every single day. The need to welcome refugees to the United States has never been greater. Now is the time to take a stand.
A number of refugee resettlement and protection organizations are launching a Stand With Refugees call-in campaign leading up to World Refugee Day on June 20th. During this week, people can call via 1-844-4STAND5 to be connected with your Members of Congress and urge them to welcome refugees. Please visit www.StandWithRefugees.US and call our lawmakers to send a powerful message: We welcome refugees.
Haitians living in the U.S. are at stake. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will decide by May 3 whether or not they intend to renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, which would allow our Haitian sisters and brothers to continue living and working here. TPS protections are given for extreme circumstances such as natural disasters; for Haitians, these protections expire in July 2017. This DHS decision also will set an important precedent, as TPS protections for Salvadoran and Hondurans expire in 2018.
Members of Congress return to their State districts for an upcoming break, April 10-21. The next two weeks represent an opportunity to set the tone with our political leaders, and re-frame the immigration issues away from a “national security” concern to one of values and worthwhile investment of tax dollars. Congress has the “power of the purse” to prevent the Administration’s request for an additional $7.5 billion in fiscal years 2017 and 2018 for immigration enforcement:
- further border wall construction and surveillance technology,
- hiring additional border control agents;
- funds for detention and expedited deportation (including for private prison corporations);
The Collaborative Center for Justice (sponsored by the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry, Congregation de Notre Dame, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Community, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur of the United States East – West Province) stands in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors, all immigrants and refugees.
The BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act, S.128/H.R. 496, was recently introduced in Congress as a bipartisan effort to sustain the temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility offered to youth through the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Under the BRIDGE Act, young people who came to the United States as children would maintain their eligibility to work and live in the U.S. without the fear of deportation and family separation so long as they meet certain requirements, such as showing a commitment to education or honorable service in our military and having no history of serious crime.
Please Take Action! It’s happening again! U.S. immigration authorities are targeting Central American women and children in another round of immigration deportation raids.
Take action now! Send a letter to President Obama to tell him to stop the raids.
Reuters reported on May 12 that U.S. immigration officials plan “a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children found to have entered the country illegally” after January 1, 2014.
In 2014, tens of thousands of women and children, including unaccompanied minors, from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in a desperate attempt to escape extreme violence, corruption, and poverty. Thousands more have sought refuge in the United States since then.
Raids to deport these highly vulnerable children and families back to the dangers they fled are not the answer. They need access to due process and legal counsel so that they can apply for asylum and protection in the United States. We should not be traumatizing communities and sending mothers and children back to the dangers they fled.
Act now to tell President Obama to stop the raids against Central American children and families!
“Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity,” Pope Francis said. “They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all, for being more.” Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
The Collaborative Center for Justice has joined with a number of other organizations in signing on to a letter to the White House and the Department of Homeland Security regarding the ongoing raids happening under Operation Border Guardian.
This letter reacts to the March 9 DHS press release announcing additional raids and focuses on the lack of due process afforded the individuals and families who are being targeted as well as the negative impact on immigrant communities as a result of the raid program.
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