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Pope Francis on Refugees

“Where is your brother?” the voice of his blood cries even to me, God says. This is not a question addressed to others: it is a question addressed to me, to you, to each one of us. These our brothers and sisters seeking to leave difficult situations in order to find a little serenity and peace, they seek a better place for themselves and for their families – but they found death. How many times to those who seek this not find understanding, do not find welcome, do not find solidarity! And their voices rise up even to God!

Read the full comments by Pope Francis at Lampedusa

 

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US Bishops' Statement

In this historic statement, the bishops of the United States and Mexico join together to examine the impact of migration on the social, political, and spiritual lives of both countries. Encouraged by the Holy Father's call for a new evangelization and greater unity between Catholics in this hemisphere, the bishops offer detailed guidance for all who minister to migrants-and concrete steps for improving pastoral experiences. The statement also offers policy recommendations to both nations that respect the dignity of the migrant.

Immigration

"In solidarity, we will continue to advocate on your behalf for just and fair migration policies. We commit ourselves to animate communities of Christ’s disciples on both sides of the border so that yours is a journey of hope, not despair….."

Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey

US Catholic Bishops and Conference of Mexican Bishops, 2003.

February 1, 2017 Immigration, Noticias en Espanol

Cuando Diana Campos vino a vivir a los EE.UU., era apenas una bebé.  

“Nací en México y llegué a los EE.UU. cuando tenía un año. He vivido aquí mi vida entera,” dijo Campos.

“Al ir creciendo como persona indocumentada, me acostumbré a sentirme como una mexicana americanizada, viviendo en una sociedad que no me aceptaba del todo. Me gradué de la escuela preparatoria en el 2012 y recibí cartas de aceptación para universidades a las cuales no pude ir. Manejaba con el temor de que algún día me pararan sin licencia para conducir. Al no contar con un permiso para trabajar, me sentía inútil y mi futuro parecía sombrío,” dijo. “Me quitaron los derechos fundamentales, los que yo, como persona de fe, sabía que toda persona tiene al nacer”.

En este momento en que la nueva Administración toma acciones, el futuro de casi 11 millones de personas indocumentadas se ha vuelto incierto.  Algunas de nuestras comunidades se han impregnado con una sensación de angustia porque muchos temen que sus familias se verán separadas y sus vidas destruidas.

La Iglesia católica cree que a los migrantes se les debe acoger con dignidad y respeto – como si estuviésemos recibiendo al mismo Cristo.  Los migrantes salen de sus países de origen por varias razones, muchos de ellos escapando porque sus vidas se ven amenazadas en zonas de guerra y por pobreza extrema.  En los Estados Unidos y alrededor del mundo, la Iglesia dedica ayuda, tanto pastoral como material, para “acoger al forastero”.

 
December 5, 2016 Immigration, Human Dignity

Homily Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 4, 2016

December 1, 2016 Immigration, Human Dignity
WASHINGTON—A Day of Prayer with a focus on the plight of refugees and migrants will take place across the United States on December 12, 2016, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  It will be a time to place before a merciful God the hopes, fears, and needs of all those families who have come to the U.S. seeking a better life. 
 
September 1, 2016 Immigration, Human Dignity
WASHINGTON—USCCB Migration & Refugee Services has received a large charitable donation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), to further efforts assisting refugees.
 
January 12, 2016 Immigration, Human Dignity

Catholic Charities of California (CCC) has announced that the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has again chosen to award the organization additional funding to provide Unaccompanied Undocumented Minor (UUM) Legal Services in the current fiscal year.  CCC will receive an additional $100,000, bringing the total grant amount to $340,000 for Fiscal Year 2015-16.  These funds will allow local Catholic Charities Agencies to provide legal services to 68 unaccompanied undocumented minors.

CCC received the second largest award amount out of the 21 grantees.                 

May 20, 2015 Immigration, Human Dignity

Our country attracts people seeking a better life. It is a country of immigrants. Yet, throughout history immigrants from all over the world faced hostility and distrust after their arrival to America. The hostility switches course and is usually aimed at the newcomer. Ironically, most people at some point in history were targets of this hostile prejudice. This is a heated topic throughout the United States but especially in California. More than 25 percent of California is composed of immigrants.

December 16, 2014 Immigration, Human Dignity

By John Huebscher, Executive Director
Wisconsin Catholic Conference

The current debate over immigration policy raises questions that are intertwined with our identity and character as a nation. The story of immigrants is our story. The issues we are engaging in this debate invite us to look in a mirror to recall not only who we are today, but how we got here.

November 21, 2014 Immigration, Human Dignity

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento and President of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement with regard to the President’s Executive Action on immigration:

"Comprehensive immigration reform is long overdue in the United States. The Bishops of California welcome the President’s action to offer some humanitarian relief for hard-working families who have lived in the shadows for too long.

August 28, 2014 Immigration, Human Dignity

Governor Brown and legislative leaders have reached an agreement to provide $3 million for legal assistance to unaccompanied minors in California.

The funding is needed because the U.S. Congress failed to deal with the unprecedented arrival of thousands of children at the U.S. border prior to its summer recess. Federal law requires that unaccompanied minors receive legal assistance during immigration court proceedings to determine their eligibility for political asylum.

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