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Moment of Decision – Seeking Durable Solutions in Southeast Asia

On Thursday January 5th, 2017, we were able to update everyone on the current situation in Southeast Asia.  For those of you who were unable to attend in person or stream the event live, we have the full event here for you. Thank you to all our presenters and we hope you enjoy the presentation.

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Stop Congress from Cutting Refugee Resettlement Funds

Click on the links below for your state’s alert:

Background: Congress is proposing funding bills for Fiscal Year 2017 that would flatline refugee resettlement funding at last year’s levels. President Obama committed to resettling 110,000 refugees in 2017, in contrast to the 75,000 planned for in the 2016 budget. As we are facing the worst displacement crisis in recorded history, resettlement is one of the key ways that the U.S. can lead by example and encourage other countries to help refugees. It is critical that this increase in refugee admissions is met with increased funds to ensure local communities have the resources they need to help refugees integrate and thrive.

These proposed flat funding levels would turn our backs on the 110,000 refugees we have pledged to welcome, damage integration efforts, and negatively impact communities that welcome refugees. Please call the below Representatives and Senators, who serve key leadership roles in the appropriations process, as they consider these proposals.

Take Action TODAY: Tell House and Senate Leadership to Increase Refugee Funding

Here’s a sample of what to say: “As Congress considers Fiscal Year 2017 funding, I urge them to increase resources for the Office of Refugee Resettlement and the Migration and Refugee Assistance accounts to increase refugee assistance overseas and refugee resettlement in the United States, over and above last year’s levels. Resettlement in one of the ways the U.S. can lead by example and leverage international support for refugees. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge Congress to increase funding for refugee protection and resettlement.”

Connecticut: Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3): (202) 225-3661 / @rosadelauro

Kentucky:

  • House Appropriations Chair Harold Rogers (R-KY-5): (202) 225-4601 / @RepHalRogers
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): (202) 224-2541 / @SenateMajLdr

Maryland: Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD): (202) 224-4654 / @SenatorBarb

Mississippi: Senate Appropriations Chair Thad Cochran (R-MS): (202) 224-5054 / @SenThadCochran

Missouri: Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO): (202) 224-5721 / @RoyBlunt

New York: Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY-17): (202) 225-6506 / @NitaLowey

Oklahoma: Representative Tom Cole (R-OK-4): (202) 225-6165 / @TomColeOK04

South Carolina: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC): (202) 224-5972 / @LindseyGrahamSC

Texas: Representative Kay Granger (R-TX-12): (202) 225-5071/ @RepKayGranger

Vermont: Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT): (202) 224-4242 / @SenatorLeahy

Washington: Senator Patty Murray (D-WA): (202) 224-2621 / @PattyMurray

Wisconsin: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI-1): (202) 225-3031 / @SpeakerRyan

You can also tweet your Senator/Representative: “.@SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE, show that #AmericaWelcomes by supporting increased funds to resettle #refugees! #RefugeesWelcome”

Please spread the word and send this email to your networks!

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As Catholics, We Must Overcome Partisan Divides On Migration Issues, Says USCCB’s Migration Chairman

September 14, 2016

WASHINGTON—Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Migration, issued the following statement:

On September 19, The United Nations General Assembly is calling together for the first time a summit level meeting of Heads of State and government officials to discuss the large movement of refugees and migrants in the world today. The event will highlight the need for shared responsibility by the international community to address migration related crises around the world. This provides an opportunity for the bishops to bring attention to their long-standing teachings on migration, which are rooted in the Gospel message of welcome and grounded in Catholic social teaching.

Standing before the United States Congress, Pope Francis called on all Americans to “seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities.” His words are prescient to our situation today, in which we find ourselves immersed in an environment that lays bare divisions and disagreements that undermine solidarity and authentic community. As Catholics, we are called to overcome the partisan divides that separate us and instead focus on the moral teachings of the Church that will help us build a vibrant public square.

The Catholic bishops of the United States recognize the responsibility of nations to control their borders. Maintaining secure and reliable procedures that effectively manage the flow of people entering the United States is an important component of our immigration system. In addition, we will continue to underscore the right of people to migrate who are unable to find the means to support themselves and their families in their homeland, or who are fleeing persecution and violence. Sovereign nations should find a way to accommodate this right.

But it is not enough that we welcome the migrants into our communities. The political and religious leaders of this great nation must work with the leaders of other countries to help create the conditions so people do not feel compelled to migrate in the first place. We must promote the common good everywhere, so that people in all nations can live a life where their human dignity is protected. We must nurture a culture that prioritizes family unity and which rejects situations where families are forced apart because economic opportunities are not available where they live. We must seek a world in which everyone has access to the economic, political, and social opportunities to live in freedom and dignity, and to achieve a full life through the use of their God-given gifts.

Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, humanitarian, migration, Committee on Migration, refugees, migrants, Catholic social teaching, Congress, Pope Francis, United Nations General Assembly
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Action Alert to the Department of Homeland Security: Ensure the well-being of Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew

Action Alert to the Department of Homeland Security:
Ensure the well-being of Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew

Background:
Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti on October 4, 2016, killing hundreds and leaving 1.4 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Unfortunately, in response to Hurricane Matthew, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has failed to enact humane immigration policies that would allow arriving Haitians to temporarily remain in the U.S. and support themselves while Haiti is being rebuilt.

On November 1, 2016, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration (USCCB/COM), joined Catholic partners at Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in a letter to DHS and the Department of State sharing concerns regarding the care and treatment of Haitians.

Bishop Elizondo and partners noted: “We are concerned about DHS’ recent immigration policies which separate and detain Haitian family members. These policies are particularly inhumane in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew when our government should be showing Haitians compassion and support.”
DHS also needs to hear from you and your fellow parishioners. We ask you to remind DHS that Catholics expect our government to do all it can to support Haiti and Haitians during this time of crisis.

Take action by sending the following message (in English and Creole) to DHS Secretary Johnson:

Dear Secretary Johnson:

As a person of faith who is concerned about the well-being of Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew, I urge you to:
• Redesignate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status and extend the status through the duration of Haiti’s recovery;
• Permanently halt regular removals to Haiti and reinstate the practice of issuing humanitarian parole to Haitians seeking to enter the United States;
• Ensure family unity during the processing of arriving Haitians; and
• Support and expand existing family reunification parole programs to ensure timely, safe, and legal family reunification.

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, our nation must offer aid, protection, and compassion to our Haitian neighbors both abroad and within the United States. Our Catholic and other faith communities stand ready to support and welcome Haitians during this time of tragedy.
Sincerely,

Che Sekrete Johnson:
Kom yon moun de konfyans, moun ki konsene sou byennet la a, Ayisyen ki afekte nan Ouragan Matye, mwen ankouraje ou:
• Redesignate Ayiti pou estati tanpore pwoteje al pwolonje estati a nan dire e nan rekiperasyon Ayiti a;
• An pemanans sispann ranvwa regilye nan Ayiti ak retabli Pratik la nan founi dokiman yo libete pwovizwa imanite nan Ayisyen kap ap cheche antre nan Etazini yo;
• Asire inite fanmi pandan pwosessis la nan rive Ayisyen; ak
• Sipo ak elaji fanmi pwogram reyinifikasyon libete pwovizwa ki deja egziste asire ale, ki an sekirite, ak legal reyinifikasyon fanmi yo.

A la swit de siklon Matye, nasyon nou an dwe ofri ed, pwoteksyon, ak konpasyon li bay vwazen ayisyen nou tou de aletranje e nan lespas de peyi Etazini. Katolik nou yo ak lot kominote lafwa kanpe pare yo sipo al akeyi Ayisyen pandan tan sa a nan trajedi. Senseman,

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