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Congress: Please Robustly Support Refugees At Every Stage of Their Journeys to Safety and Freedom

In the days and weeks around June 20, 2019, communities across the globe celebrate the 19th Annual World Refugee Day. Standing in solidarity with refugees at every stage of their journey to safety and freedom, the Catholic Church celebrates the special courage and resilience of refugees and refugee families.
In his message for this year’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis calls us to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate all those living in the existential peripheries of society, whether migrants or otherwise. As he notes, “it is not only the cause of migrants that is at stake; it is not just about them, but about all of us, and about the present and future of the human family.”

 

2019-06-14T14:40:40-04:00Action Alerts|

Ask your U.S. Representative to VOTE FOR H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act

TOMORROW: The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, this week (likely on Tuesday). If passed into law, H.R. 6 would provide a pathway to citizenship for qualifying Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders living in the United States.

Background

H.R. 6 would provide critical permanent legal protection to Dreamers, TPS and DED holders who are living in a state of uncertainty and fear. The USCCB’s Committee on Migration Chairman, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, has voiced support for the bill numerous times: issuing a March 15, 2019 statement endorsing H.R. 6, sending a letter to each Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the bill, and endorsing individual component bills of H.R. 6 prior to markup in the House Judiciary Committee on May 22nd.

 

2019-05-31T16:20:46-04:00Action Alerts|

Urge Our Government to Resettle 30,000 Refugees in 2019

In Fall 2018, the Administration issued a Presidential Determination (PD) setting the annual U.S. refugee admission level at 30,000 refugees, the all-time-lowest number in the history of resettlement. This record low comes when there are over 25 million refugees worldwide with 1.4 million needing resettlement. The average refugee admission goal over the nearly 40 years of the program has been 95,000.
March 31, 2019, this Sunday, is the midpoint of fiscal year 2019 (FY19) and so far, the U.S. has only admitted 11,425 refugees. At this rate, our country is on pace to admit less than 23,000 refugees by the end of the year, far short of the annual goal of 30,000.

 

2019-03-27T14:44:20-04:00Action Alerts|

Ask the Department of Homeland Security to Rescind the “Remain in Mexico” Policy and Support Asylum Seekers by Following Existing Law

In January 2019, the Department of Homeland Security issued new policy guidance for “Migrant Protection Protocols.” On March 4, 2019, the Texas and Mexico Border bishops issued a statement voicing disagreement with the recent “Remain in Mexico” policy. Expressing their deep concern over the policy, the bishops noted: “We appeal to governments, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they not adopt policies that have the effect of increasing the suffering of the most vulnerable.” On March 13th, Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of USCCB Committee on Migration along with Sean Callahan CEO of Catholic Relief Services released a statement of solidarity with the Texas-Mexico Border bishops regarding the human consequences of this policy.

 

2019-03-27T13:35:46-04:00Action Alerts|

Tell Congress to Reject Inhumane Funding Requests for Immigration Enforcement

As of December 14th, Congress had passed five spending bills for fiscal year (FY) 2019, but seven others remain outstanding, including those funding the Department of State, Department of Justice, and Department of Homeland Security. Congress failed to reach a decision to pass the outstanding bills or extend current funding levels by December 21st to avoid a partial government shutdown.
The President has noted that he would welcome a government shutdown if the bills do not include the $5.5 billion he has requested for the border wall. The Administration has similarly requested an increase in funding for detention of immigrants, to cover an average daily detention level of 52,000 people/night.
It is critical that we, as Catholics, urge Members of Congress to avoid a shutdown – recognizing that several of the outstanding bills fund important refugee and immigration-related programs – while also rejecting funding increases for inhumane immigration enforcement efforts.

 

2019-01-02T11:42:08-04:00Action Alerts|