Please participate in the Call-In Day to Congress on Monday, February 26, 2018!
Your advocacy is critical to help the nearly 1.8 million Dreamers, young people who were brought into the United States by their parents as children. They may face deportation as soon as March 6th, unless Congress reaches a bipartisan deal to protect them. Please follow these easy steps:
1.) Please call 855-589-5698 to reach the Capitol switchboard and press 1 to connect to your Senator. Once you are connected to the Senator’s offices, please ask the person on the phone to deliver this simple message to your legislator:
The fate of nearly 1.8 million Dreamers remains uncertain as Congress has yet to reach a bipartisan deal to protect these youth. On January 22nd, Congress passed a short-term spending bill that will fund the government through February 8th, ending the government shutdown. The bill did not include protections for Dreamers, however, parties have agreed to continue negotiations and work towards a fix.
Unfortunately, every day that passes without a solution is a day where DACA youth fall out of status and lose their ability to go to school, serve in the military, and work legally.
Many families affected by migration here in the United States need your support and action. Based on my faith, I believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, particularly that of children. I urge you to support DACA youth, many of whom have been in the United States their entire lives. The Catholic Bishops have long supported these immigrant youths and their families who are contributors to our economy, academic standouts in our universities and leaders in our parishes. They exemplify the extraordinary contributions that immigrants provide to our nation. These youths should not be forced to live in constant fear that they will be deported and separated from their families. It is both our moral duty and in our nation’s best interest to protect them and help them reach their God-given potential.
Today, more than 65 million people are forcibly displaced around the world, and more than 22 million are refugees. These are historically high levels. The 600,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh are the latest mass movement of refugees needing help. The United States is the cornerstone of the international humanitarian system. We must maintain our leadership and protect life-saving U.S. humanitarian assistance. Attending to inequality and the lack of access to basic needs, and other root causes, can help prevent future conflict and forced displacement, while promoting human dignity and building thriving and stable communities.
As a person of faith, and a member of the Justice for Immigrants coalition, I ask you to urge the Administration to provide an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Additionally, I ask you to support a legislative solution in Congress that will preserve the ability of TPS recipients to continue living and working legally in the U.S.
TPS is a temporary, renewable, and statutorily authorized immigration status that allows individuals to remain and work lawfully in the U.S. during a period in which it is deemed unsafe for nationals of that country to return home. While the current designation for Haiti is set to expire in January 2018, the Department of Homeland Security is required to make a decision to terminate or extend TPS for Haiti by November 23, 2017.
As a person of faith, and a member of Justice for Immigrants coalition, I ask that you urge the Administration to provide an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti. Additionally, I ask you to support a legislative solution in Congress that will preserve the ability of TPS recipients to continue living and working legally in the U.S. if they have lived here lawfully for many years, would face extreme hardship if deported, or are otherwise eligible for permanent residence.
Family unity is an issue of great importance to me and the larger Catholic community. If TPS is terminated, numerous families will be torn apart. The Catholic Church ministers to and serves many of these families around the country. We know that this issue affects immigrant children and U.S. citizen children alike. In fact, if TPS is terminated, approximately 270,000 U.S. citizen children will face being separated from their families. If children choose to remain with their parents and leave the U.S., they will jeopardize their bright future in the only country they know.
Pope Francis has called on us to pray and provide support for our brothers and sisters who are migrants and refugees through the historic campaign, Share the Journey. Follow his call by speaking out on behalf of young people in our communities who are facing an uncertain future because of the Administration’s recent decision to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Currently, there are approximately 800,000 young people who are face the loss of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections, which include work authorization and protection from deportation. DACA youth and the larger DREAMer community need legislative protection from Congress to ensure that they are not deported from the only home they have ever known. This week, your members of Congress need to hear from you that you care about DREAMers. Send a message to your members of Congress now urging passage of the DREAM Act quickly so as not to uproot the lives of so many young people who’ve made enormous contributions to our communities and our economy.
As you may know, the global refugee crisis is ongoing, with more than 22.5 million refugees worldwide, and the corresponding need for resettlement is great. The U.S. has historically offered safe haven to the most vulnerable refugees, including unaccompanied refugee children, elderly and infirm refugees, and religious minorities.
Unfortunately, earlier this summer, with the partial implementation of Executive Order 13780, U.S. refugee admissions reached a historically low cap of 45,000 refugees for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. As Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration stated: “Resettling only 45,000 refugees a year, down from 110,000, does not reflect the need, our compassion, and our capacity as a nation. We firmly believe that as a nation the United States has the good will, character, leadership, and resources to help more vulnerable people seek refuge.”
As we approach the end of the fiscal year, the Administration is working with Congress to set new admissions levels for FY 2018. We need your support to urge the government to admit at least 75,000 refugees in FY 2018. Take action and voice your support for refugees by sending the following message:
The Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615 / HR. 3440) was recently introduced in Congress as a bipartisan effort. The bills are intended to protect immigrant youth who entered the United States as children and know America as their only home. The bills offer qualifying immigrant youth “conditional permanent resident status” and a path to full lawful permanent residency and eventual citizenship. These bills would protect numerous youth, including the over 780,000 individuals who received temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility through the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The young people S. 1615 / H.R. 3440 seeks to protect are contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes and communities. As Catholics, we have long supported DREAMers as we believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, especially that of our children.