on TPS for Haitians
In a January 15 letter to President Barack Obama, Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urges the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians living in the U.S.
Below is a copy of the full letter:
Honorable Barack Obama
United States of America
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500
Statement from ED of Catholic Legal Services, Archdiocese of Miami
Concerning the devastation of the earthquake in Haiti
Renewing Hope, Seeking Justice is the theme of the 2010 National Migration Week, held January 3 - 9. The observance began over 25 years ago by the bishops to be a moment for Catholics to take stock of the wide diversity of the Church and the ministries serving them.
Following the lead of Pope Benedict, who is focusing on “Minor Migrants and Refugees” for the 2010 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, this year's National Migration Week focuses on migrant children as a sub-theme for this year.
On Wednesday, December 16, Representative Solomon P. Ortiz (D-TX) introduced HR 4321, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity (CIR ASAP) Act of 2009. This bill, drafted by Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and co-sponsored by 89 others, has revived the immigration debate in Congress.
CLINIC applauds the efforts of Representative Gutierrez and his colleagues who represent a broad spectrum of constituencies.
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) has been awarded a contract to match unaccompanied immigrant children who have recently been released from government custody with pro bono attorneys. CLINIC’s National Pro Bono Project for Children will train and support pro bono attorneys across the country to assist unaccompanied children in need of legal representation.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a report on proposed reforms to the detention system that recommends expanded use of alternatives to detention, new models for detention, and improved oversight of medical care and confinement of detainees.
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) views the recommendations as a welcome first step in addressing our broken immigration system, and moving away from the flawed penal system model that has been adopted for immigrant detention.
SELECTS GEORGIA IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) has appointed Maria M. Odom, a renowned immigration attorney, as executive director.
THE VALUE OF WORK; THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
Most Reverend William F. Murphy
Bishop of Rockville Centre
Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
CLINIC Chairman Most Reverend Jaime Soto sent condolences to the family of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Bishop Soto expressed gratitude for Sen. Kennedy's support for immigrants and contributions to positive legislation on immigration.
A copy of the letter is below.