Tag Archives: Immigration

IMMIGRATION: Pax Christi USA signs onto statement that immigration reform is a “pro-life” issue

Last week, Pax Christi USA signed onto a statement with 100 other Catholic leaders challenging “pro-life” Catholics in Congress to make immigration reform a “pro-life” issue.

Immigration rally“As the national Catholic peace with justice movement we urge our elected officials to defend the sanctity of human lives at all stages. We too recognize the image of God in the migrant at the border, in the prisoner on death row, in the pregnant woman and in the hungry child,” stated Pax Christi USA Executive Director Sr. Patty Chappell, SNDdeN. “It is time for all Congressional representatives to come together and vote for a comprehensive immigration reform bill.”

Read press release accompanying the statement by clicking here.

IMMIGRATION: PCUSA signs onto letter for child welfare professionals at the border

childrenattheborderbutton-smallPax Christi USA has joined with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services and other social justice organizations in signing onto a letter asking the Department of Homeland Security to consider having child welfare professionals at the Customs Border Protection (CBP) stations at the southwest border.

The child welfare professionals would assist unaccompanied children and accompanied children migrating to the U.S. These professionals would advocate in a humanitarian way for the safety and protection of these children.

Click here to read the entire letter.

IMMIGRATION: Pax Christi USA signs letter urging Congress to oppose HR 240 & amendments

immigrant-familiesPax Christi USA signed onto a letter being circulated by NETWORK, the Sisters of Mercy, and the Episcopal Church urging Members of Congress to oppose H.R. 240 and its accompanying amendments. The letter states, in part, “We ask you to specifically oppose any amendments that would repeal important programs, such as the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), or attempt to reinstate the dysfunctional Secure Communities program. We believe that these amendments are morally indefensible and would destroy the lives of millions of men, women, and children living in the United States who contribute to our communities and who deserve not only short term relief from deportation, but also a meaningful and realistic opportunity to earn their citizenship.”

The letter was delivered to Members of Congress earlier today. In signing the letter, PCUSA Executive Director Sr. Patty Chappell, SNDdeN, said, “PCUSA celebrates and protects the sanctity of family and opposes any legislation that would tear families apart.”

Click here to read the entire letter.

IMMIGRATION: National Migration Week Masses and activities

from Justice for Immigrants

holy-family-migration-week-2015Migration Mass at St. Catherine of Siena, 3pm Sunday, January 11th in the Diocese of San Bernardino, CA. Mass will be celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Rutilio del Riego.

Way of the Cross of the Migrant Jesus on Jan. 6th in the Diocese of Knoxville.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago:

  1. Prayer service with Archbishop Blaise Cupich at 7 pm on Jan. 6th at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

The Archdiocese of Minneapolis will have immigration forum at 7 pm on Jan. 8th at Guardian Angels Catholic Church.

Staff in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are working with Catholic Charities on an event for Jan. 10th. Some parishes are celebrating Masses and may be planning events during the week.

On Jan. 10th at 4 pm, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., will host Sr. Norma Pimentel, the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. She will describe the origins of the Humanitarian Respite Center at Sacred Heart Church (McAllen, TX) and the response to the recent influx of Central American refugees seeking asylum in the United States.

Not during National Migration Week, but the Diocese of Phoenix we will be holding a Mass for Migrants who have died crossing the Sonoran Desert on Feb. 20th in downtown Phoenix.

TAKE ACTION: National call-in days for immigrant justice, Dec. 9-12

from Justice for Immigrants

Justice and dignity for all immigrantsThe Justice for Immigrants National Call-In Days to Congress are this week, beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 9th and going through Friday, Dec. 12th, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas.

On Dec. 9-12,  the toll-free number to use to call Congress is 1-855-589-5698 and our message is simple:

Please oppose including language in a federal funding bill that bars the President from using his authority to protect immigrants and their families from deportation.”

Executive authority to protect potentially millions of immigrants from deportation is under threat from federal lawmakers. Please ask your advocacy networks and supporters of immigrants to call their Representatives every day during the call-in period and convey our message.

IMMIGRATION: Groups call on Obama to protect border communities from further militarization

from the Southern Border Communities Coalition

NOTE: Pax Christi USA signed onto this letter.

Immigration rally

Last week, more than 70 national, state and local organizations sent a letter to President Obama urging him not to link vitally-needed administrative action protecting aspiring citizens from deportation with further militarization of border communities. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is an agency in crisis: CBP urgently needs a surge in accountability and oversight, not increased Border Patrol personnel or war equipment.

Adding border enforcement resources as part of executive action on immigration would send a misguided, unjust message to border regions and ignore the true reality of our communities. Border communities are safe, economically vibrant and diverse, but cannot tolerate more of the same damaging policies that have vastly over-resourced CBP while failing to invest in accountability. CBP personnel frequently mistreat and abuse the very people they are sworn to protect, many of whom encounter CBP personnel daily as they go to work, attend school, or run daily errands.

Rather than waste more money on the border-industrial complex, President Obama should use this moment to commit to a legacy of CBP reform that would improve the quality of life and restore trust for this and future generations of border residents.It’s high time the Administration move forward meaningful reforms that reflect the highest professional law enforcement standards, such agency-wide use of body-worn cameras, custody standards, and ending CBP interior enforcement operations that treat border residents with suspicion.

The full text of the letter, including a list of signers, is available at http://bit.ly/1p1LnM5.

STATEMENT: Pax Christi USA statement on the President’s immigration action

While some would argue that the recent announcement by President Obama on Immigration changes for 5 million immigrants is but a crumb from the table of the empire…Pax Christi USA applauds President Obama for his courage in using his constitutional authority to begin addressing a broken immigration system.

This executive action does lessen the fear of some of those living in the shadows and does provide some measures of safety and protection for 4 million of our brothers and sisters.

While we applaud the President’s courageous action, we know that there is much more to do to assure 7 million other immigrants that life in the shadow of fear is not a permanent state.

Pax Christi USA will continue to urge its members to press Congress to pass bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform that delineates a clear path to citizenship, reunites families and addresses the root causes that force migrants to flee their home to find safety and life elsewhere.