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Action Alerts2016-12-29T14:59:27-04:00

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.”

 

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.

 

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.