So you too should love the resident alien, for that is what you were in the land of Egypt.
Taking their message to Capitol Hill on May 29th, bishops emboldened Catholics to seek justice for immigrants through support for comprehensive reform. A mass, offered for the families of those separated by our broken immigration system, was concelebrated by six bishops at St. Peter Church in Washington, D.C. The prayers of principal celebrant Archbishop Thomas Wenski were clear: migration is a central narrative of our faith and nation’s history, and ensuring that laws evolve to uphold the dignity of migrants is a moral obligation.
As the nation’s largest network of nonprofit immigration legal programs, CLINIC’s network currently consists of 250 affiliates with 340 office locations in 46 states and continues to grow. Even as CLINIC’s network expands, however, there are still not enough immigration programs to meet the need for low-cost immigration legal services.
CLINIC is proud to be a part of an eleven-agency collaboration that is building capacity while preparing for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) in California. This 11-agency group is called Ready California (RC). We are particularly inspired by the steps taken on behalf of participating organizations to take strong immigration programs and make them ready. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey (CCDM) is one such program that has gone above and beyond to enhance the region’s ability to serve a larger number of clients with greater efficiency.
Immigrant integration is a joint effort between newcomers and the receiving society to create a new community that reflects the needs and wants of everyone.
It has been more than a year since the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc.’s (CLINIC) Religious Immigration Services (RIS) section began taking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cases. Back on June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new process, granting relief to undocumented young people who came to the United States as children and do not have proper immigration documents. This new program allowed these young people to have work authorization and stay in the country without the threat of deportation.
It’s the start of a new year, Congress is back in session, and people are, of course, asking me for the scoop on the prospects of immigration reform. I’m feeling good about 2014. Here are four reasons why.
Do you have today, December 10th, Human Rights Day, marked on your calendar? Human Rights Day was established in 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the adoption and resolution of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Declaration is recognized as a major humanitarian and diplomatic achievement, furthering international obligations to uphold the dignity of every person.
There’s no question that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has touched the lives of thousands of young people and, in turn, continues to inspire activism for immigration reform, transcending communities to inform federal action. At CLINIC, we are moved by the journeys of so many DREAMers. One such inspirational young woman is Denia Perez, the nation’s first Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited DREAMer.
Left to Right: Martin Gauto, CLINIC, My-Hanh Luu, Elsa Ornelas, Sandra Molina, Oras Mohammed, and Simona Botezatu of Catholic Charities San Bernardino & Riverside Counties in California meeting on October 21, 2013 to discuss preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).