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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”.

 
April 7, 2018 California Bishops Statements, Immigration, Human Dignity

(En EspañolRoman Catholic Bishops from dioceses located on the United States and Mexico border recently issued a statement (https://tinyurl.com/border-statement) expressing their “deep concern” about the militarization of the border.  Bishop Jaime Soto, from Sacramento and president of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement in solidarity with border bishops’ sentiments and the plight immigrants face in the nation today:

April 6, 2018 Immigration, Human Dignity

SAN DIEGO - In response to announcements regarding deploying the United States National Guard to the U.S./Mexico Border, the U.S. Catholic Bishops of the U.S./Mexico Border issued the following statement:

“We are deeply concerned by the announcement that the National Guard will be deployed on the U.S./Mexico Border. The continued militarization of the U.S./Mexico Border distorts the reality of life on the border; this is not a war zone but instead is comprised of many peaceful and law-abiding communities that are also generous in their response to human suffering. 

April 6, 2018 Immigration

SAN DIEGO - In response to announcements regarding deploying the United States National Guard to the U.S./Mexico Border, the U.S. Catholic Bishops of the U.S./Mexico Border issued the following statement:

“We are deeply concerned by the announcement that the National Guard will be deployed on the U.S./Mexico Border. The continued militarization of the U.S./Mexico Border distorts the reality of life on the border; this is not a war zone but instead is comprised of many peaceful and law-abiding communities that are also generous in their response to human suffering. 

March 8, 2018 Immigration, Human Dignity

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Sacramento this week to announce that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against the State of California claiming some of its new immigration laws violate the U.S. Constitution.

February 26, 2018 California Bishops Statements, DACA, Immigration, Human Dignity

The Catholic Bishops of California fervently appeal to each of you, as the elected Senators and Representatives of our California Congressional delegation:  Please step up now to protect the “Dreamers,” our young sisters and brothers from deportation.  Provide them a path to citizenship.  Maintain existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors.

December 5, 2017 Immigration, Human Dignity

STATEWIDE RESOURCES:

ARCHDIOCESE OF LOS ANGELES:

October 5, 2017 Immigration, Human Dignity

The following statement was released by Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference, regarding the signing by Gov. Jerry Brown of SB 54, the California Values Act:

September 11, 2017 Immigration, Human Dignity

The following statement was released by Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference, regarding the Catholic Bishops’ support of SB 54, the California Values Act:

September 4, 2017 California Bishops Statements, Immigration, Human Dignity
 
Bishops Pledge Abiding Solidarity with Immigrants;
Denounce the Administration’s End of Program Offering Hope
 

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