Sacramento, CA - (En Español) Today marks the beginning of the Lenten Season, a time when Christian people devote ourselves more intentionally to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy in an earnest effort to reform our lives in the image of Jesus Christ.
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!
Learn More About Immigration
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.
"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.
When Diana Campos first came to live in the U.S., she was only an infant.
“I was born in Mexico and arrived in the U.S. a year later. I have lived here my whole life,” said Campos.
“Growing up undocumented I became accustomed to what it felt like to be an Americanized Mexican living in a society that did not fully accept me. I graduated from high school in 2012 and found myself with acceptance letters to colleges that I could not attend. I found myself driving in fear of being pulled over without my license. A lack of a work permit made me feel useless and my future looked dark,” she said. “I was stripped of basic rights, I, as a person of faith, knew every person was born with.”
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”.
Homily Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 4, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.