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Extend TPS for the countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti

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.

 

2017-10-27T22:29:59+00:00Action Alerts|

Migration Campaign Action Alert: DACA

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.

2017-10-10T16:14:02+00:00Action Alerts|

Support for Refugees and the U.S. Resettlement Program

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:

2017-09-28T12:31:33+00:00Action Alerts|

Action Alert to Support DREAM Act of 2017

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.

2017-09-12T11:31:04+00:00Action Alerts|

Action Alert: Urge Congress to Continue to Protect Trafficking Victims

H.R. 2200, The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, would reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. The TVPA, the original foundational anti-trafficking legislation in the U.S., was created in 2000 and has been reauthorized four times by overwhelmingly bipartisan votes. H.R. 2200 was introduced by Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ-4) and Representative Karen Bass (D-CA-37) on April 27, 2017.
Supporting H.R. 2200 is an important step the United States can demonstrate to continue our nation’s efforts to eradicate human trafficking and assist human trafficking victims. H.R. 2200 ensures critical funding for both domestic and international anti-trafficking programs. Reauthorizing the TVPA allows programs and services that recognize the importance of dignified care for human trafficking victims to continue assisting human trafficking victims.

 

2017-07-21T16:35:54+00:00Action Alerts|

Stand with Refugees Action Alert

Thank you to everyone for participating in the Justice for Immigrants campaign’s advocacy effort during the week leading up to World Refugee Day (WRD) 2017 as we take a supportive stand with refugees. We will be working in a partnership with Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) and other interfaith partners.

2017-06-12T13:48:01+00:00Action Alerts|

Easter Recess In-District Meetings: JFI Asks

As Members of Congress return to their district for the upcoming Easter break, we have created resources for your in-district meetings with them. You will find talking points on the BRIDGE Act, Executive Orders and a call to refrain from Family Separation. In addition, each of these handouts has an Easter Reflection on Migration.

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2017-04-10T10:17:05+00:00Action Alerts|