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March 31, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

SF Mission District Landlords Exploiting Undocumented Immigrants

San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood, where the city began in 1776 with the founding of Mission Dolores, today is a dense mix of people.

Affluent techies, long-time Mission residents, undocumented immigrants and even homeless people in tents can all be found living in a single block.

In that environment undocumented migrants feel especially pressured, and some landlords seem to be taking advantage of them to raise rents or push them out. The migrants fear being reported and deported, so they feel extremely vulnerable to landlord threats, real or perceived, to raise rents or threaten eviction.

March 31, 2017 News, Public Policy Insights

Caseros del distrito de la Misión de SF explotan a inmigrantes indocumentados

El vecindario de la Misión de San Francisco, lugar donde inició la ciudad en 1776 con la fundación de la Misión Dolores, hoy en día es una densa mezcla de personas.

Se pueden encontrar viviendo en una misma cuadra a acaudalados expertos en la tecnología, vecinos que han vivido ahí por mucho tiempo, inmigrantes indocumentados y hasta personas desamparadas en carpas.

March 24, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Revised Execution Protocols Deny Chaplains Hours Prior to Execution

In an odd and unexplained rule change proposal, California may ban chaplains from meeting with death row prisoners nearer than three hours before their scheduled execution.

The California Department of Corrections (CDCR) is engaged in a detailed revision of its procedures for ending the lives of prisoners sentenced to death. The elaborate set of rules specifies in minute detail death drug formulation, testing, staff training and numerous other aspects of executions.

March 17, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

CDSS Awards Catholic Charities Additional Grant for Immigration Legal Services

The Catholic Charities statewide network of agencies has received $825,400 in additional funds from The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to provide immigration legal services to immigrants across the state. The additional funding will be used to provide no-cost legal representation for 1,138 low-income immigrants.

This award increases the Network’s total funding for the 2016-2017 fiscal year to $5,961,750—the single largest award under the CDSS Immigration Services program in 2016-2017. Funding will be used to provide legal representation to immigrants for DACA, Naturalization, and other affirmative legal remedies.

March 10, 2017 News, Public Policy Insights

CA Immigration Bills on Watch

In response to the national traction on immigration issues, this Session has seen the introduction of several California immigration bills. The California Catholic Conference (CCC) has decided to support two in particular, and is examining several others that have the potential to impact immigration in the State in significant ways. 

March 3, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Bishop’s Release Immigration-Focused Lenten Statement

The California Catholic Conference of Bishops released this statement earlier this week:

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.  We use this occasion to call upon Catholics and all people of good will in California and throughout the United States to stand in solidarity with the vulnerable and excluded in our society.

February 24, 2017 News, Public Policy Insights

Vatican Meeting Energizes US Grassroots Workers

Nearly 700 delegates from around the United States spent four days in California’s Central Valley last weekend exploring the conditions faced by the poor and vulnerable in this nation.  The U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements was initiated by Pope Francis to enliven and encourage grassroots organizations to become “protagonists of change.”

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect for the Dicastery of Integral Human Development, recently formed by the Pope, welcomed the participants with a letter from Pope Francis.

 
February 10, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Black History Month: Path to Sainthood

With February being Black History Month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has recognized four individuals of African decent who are on the road to sainthood.

The article, found here, profiles Venerable Pierre Toussaint. A hairdresser of high society women, Toussaint became very wealthy but used his wealth to shelter orphans, refugees and other street people. He founded one of New York’s first orphanages and raised money for the city’s first cathedral.

 

February 3, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Catholic Bishops Denounce President’s Immigration Executive Orders

Several U.S. Catholic Bishops publically vocalized their disapproval and disappointment this week in President Trump’s new Executive Order restricting the flow of travelers and refugees into the United States for 90 to 120 days.  

Archbishop José H. Gomez of the Diocese of Los Angeles released a statement lamenting the new policies.

“The first thing to say is that these executive orders seem like they were put together too fast. Not enough thought seems to have been given to their legality or to explaining their rationale or to considering the practical consequences for millions of people here and across the globe,” Gomez wrote.

 
January 27, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Planned Parenthood and its Favored Treatment under California Law

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