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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

 

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.

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.

January 5, 2018 Immigration

For nearly half of a century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking.

December 14, 2017 DACA, Immigration, News, News

The federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will expire on March 5, 2018 unless Congress acts to make the DACA protections permanent. In order to meet that deadline, it is urgent that Congress and the White House address this injustice. 

December 14, 2017 DACA, Immigration, News, News

The federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will expire on March 5, 2018 unless Congress acts to make the DACA protections permanent. In order to meet that deadline, it is urgent that Congress and the White House address this injustice. 

October 29, 2017 Immigration

A two-day conference was held Los Angeles earlier this month to examine how Catholic institutions responded to migrants in the first half of the 20th century compared to now.

October 25, 2017 Immigration, News, News

A two-day conference was held Los Angeles earlier this month to examine how Catholic institutions responded to migrants in the first half of the 20th century compared to now.

September 14, 2017 DACA, Immigration, News, News

With the DACA decision earlier in the month, California leaders are making an effort to deal with the immigration situation in constructive and helpful ways.  The need for comprehensive immigration reform from national political leaders remains critical yet partisanship continues to stymie real debate.

The following statement was released by Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference, regarding increased funding announced this week in support of DACA students and naturalization programs and other immigrant needs:

September 14, 2017 DACA, Immigration, News, News

With the DACA decision earlier in the month, California leaders are making an effort to deal with the immigration situation in constructive and helpful ways.  The need for comprehensive immigration reform from national political leaders remains critical yet partisanship continues to stymie real debate.

The following statement was released by Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference, regarding increased funding announced this week in support of DACA students and naturalization programs and other immigrant needs:

April 28, 2017 Immigration, News, News
Catholic Charities of California (CCC) has been awarded $200,000 in additional funds to conduct Medi-Cal Outreach & Enrollment Assistance to undocumented youth and members of mixed-immigration-status households. The program is funded by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness). Created in 1992 as a private independent foundation, Cal Wellness’ mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.
 
February 1, 2017 Because We Are Catholic, Immigration, Publications

(PDF bulletin inserts in English and Spanish)

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.”

 

January 10, 2018 Immigration, Noticias en Espanol

A partir del año 2012, el programa de Acción Diferida para los llegados en la Infancia, o DACA, ha concedido permisos de trabajo y protegido de la deportación a incontables jóvenes inmigrantes indocumentados que llegaron a los EE.UU. siendo niños. Hoy, más de una cuarta parte de los 800,000 beneficiados por DACA, a menudo llamados “Soñadores” o “Dreamers,” viven en California. Aunque hayan llegado aquí por distintos caminos, su dedicación a las comunidades donde viven es muy similar.

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