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Catholic Charities of Indianapolis Expands its Welcome to New Americans

The Midwest has a history as a gateway for immigrants even if not as heralded as port cities in the east and west.  Think of Chicago with its diverse ethnic population as early as the late 1800’s, especially among Eastern Europeans, that continues today with the largest Bosnian refugee population in the country.  Think also of Detroit, Motor City, at the turn of the last century when Ford Motor Company attracted immigrant workers from Southern Europe and the Middle East to build the earliest automobiles.  Detroit now has the largest Middle Eastern population in the United States, most recen

Celebrating U.S. Citizenship

As we celebrate our country’s birthday and independence on the Fourth of July, many of us will contemplate what it means to be Americans.  Being an American for the foreign-born goes beyond the ability to vote in elections or obtain a U.S. passport.  Many immigrants already feel American at heart long before they take their first step to becoming naturalized U.S. citizens – a pre-requisite to vote and obtain a passport.  Many of them have integrated into their communities long before – going to weekly church services, volunteering in their children’s schools, and paying their taxes. 

A Voice For Children: Bishop Seitz’s Testimony Before the House of Representatives

On June 25, 2014, Bishop Mark Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the plight of unaccompanied minors seeking safety from violence and drug trafficking in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.  Bishop Seitz told a largely unsympathetic House Committee of his personal experience listening to the st

Affiliate Highlight: Kellie Draper

Our affiliate highlight this month is Kellie Draper of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island, Nebraska. Recommended by Program Director Rev. Jonathan Sorensen, Kellie brings commitment, passion, and years of experience to her role as a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Fully Accredited Representative.

Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month

This June marks the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month. This nationwide effort focuses on gathering and telling the inspirational stories of how immigrants shaped the history and culture of the United States. Historically, the United States has been known as a land of immigrants; between 1820 and 1930, the U.S. absorbed about 60% of the world’s immigrants. It wasn’t until the Page Act of 1875 that the first attempt to limit the number of immigrants entering the country occurred.

The Immigration Journey of Fr. Gustavo Adolfo Montañez

 I believe that dreams come true and that a good dream becomes true life. Without dreams, all we have is reality. Sometimes on our most important dreams, all we can do is give them our best shot, hope for the highest good, and let go. Knowing I could use all the help available, I contacted CLINIC to fulfill my dream in becoming a Citizen of United States of America. 

Trainings: An Opportunity to Reflect, Network, and Learn

This spring, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha had the opportunity to co-sponsor an immigration legal training with CLINIC on bars and waivers of inadmissibility grounds. Our immigration legal staff always looks forward to CLINIC’s in-person trainings as an opportunity to connect with other service providers and to learn the latest on laws and procedures.

Pentecost: On Fire for Immigration Reform

The Feast of Pentecost is upon us! This is a time to celebrate the missionary outburst to share the evangelii gaudium, the joy of the Gospel, with all people. And, it is at this wondrous time that we join Catholics in prayerful action to repair our disjointed immigration system. Pentecost is an ancient feast marking the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples:

“A Moment We Cannot Afford to Lose”

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.

A Labor of Love: Donor Spotlight, Vincent Pitta

A true friend of CLINIC, Vincent Pitta supports immigrants and the Biblical call to “welcome the stranger” through selfless investments of time and resources in our mission.  Pitta, of New York City’s Pitta & Giblin, LLP,  has practiced traditional labor and management relations for over thirty years in both the private and public sectors and has served as a valued member of our Board of Directors since 2007.

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