On May 10, 2005, the U.S. Catholic Bishops formally launched Justice for Immigrants: The Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform in an effort to educate the Catholic community, including Catholic public officials, on Catholic social teaching regarding immigrants. The goals of the campaign are to develop broad-based support amongst the public for a change in federal immigration law to permit undocumented immigrants to integrate into our society and to mobilize that broad-based support into legislative advocacy to Congress to change current immigration law.
The following flyers may help immigration service providers explain the current state of immigration and legalization in the United States.
A naturalization group application workshop is a one-day community event that brings professionals and trained volunteers together to assist Lawful Permanent Residents in completing the Application for Naturalization (N-400). The workshop is an essential tool for efficiently and effectively providing naturalization assistance to large numbers of people. The success of the workshop model depends on careful planning, thorough training of staff and volunteers, and high quality services. The purpose of this toolkit is to help charitable immigration programs achieve a successful workshop. The forms and sample documents can be used as is or adapted by local programs for their own needs.
IMMIGRANT WORKERS’ RIGHTS
All workers, including documented and undocumented immigrant workers, are protected by many U.S. employment and labor laws. Rights that may apply to workers depending upon the circumstances include:
Right to be paid. In most instances, workers have the right to be paid minimum wage ($5.15 an hour) and to receive overtime pay for work over 40 hours a week. If workers do not receive all of the wages for the time they actually worked, they can take action to recover those wages.
What is an ITIN?
ITIN stands for Individual Tax Identification Number. It is a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to individuals who do not qualify for a Social Security Number (SSN). The ITIN always begins with the number 9 and has a 7 or 8 in the fourth digit. For example: 9XX-7X-XXXX.
An ITIN permits individuals without a valid Social Security Number (SSN) to:
On May 10, 2005, the U.S. Catholic Bishops launched the Justice for Immigrants (JFI) Campaign in an effort to educate Catholics, including Catholic public officials, and other people of good will, about Catholic social teaching concerning immigrants. The goals of the Campaign are to raise the awareness about the positive contributions of immigrants to our society and to advocate for changes in immigration law. Congress should provide an orderly and safe pathway for undocumented people to integrate into our society.
With the collapse of comprehensive immigration reform, much of the immigration debate has shifted to the state and local level. Increasingly, states and localities have enacted anti-immigrant measures, many of which are far reaching, and penalize not only the undocumented, but their families, business owners, and others who interact with them.
Words from His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, Regarding Immigration
During His Apostolic Journey to the United States
April 15-20 2008
Interview with His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, during his flight to America, Tuesday, 15 April 2008
(Question from Andrés Leonardo Beltramo Álvarez):