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Labor Day: Remembering the Contributions of Immigrant Workers

As we gather with friends and family on Labor Day, we say goodbye to summer and celebrate the dignity of work and the contributions of immigrant workers to the building of the United States.  Immigrant workers -- from the Chinese workers who constructed our country's railroads, and the Irish miners who dug the coal that powered our industrialization, to the Latino and Filipino farm workers who make the United States the world's largest exporter of agricultural products -- fuel the strength and dynamism of the United States.  We see the legacy of immigrant workers in their role in building t

"Somos Un Pueblo Unido"

"If you listen very closely, you can hear the detained families chanting and yelling along with us.  This was a very moving experience.  Many participants were moved to tears when they heardthe women and children’s voices from the other side of the fence.”  

A Radical Experience: Archdiocese of New York Creates a “One-Stop-Shop” for Immigrant Integration

Since its inception two hundred years ago, the story of the Archdiocese of New York is an immigrant story – a tradition which continues today. For more than 30 years, the Archdiocese of New York has provided services to the foreign-born, including refugee resettlement and immigration legal services, through Catholic Charities Community Services (CCCS). As the immigrant and refugee population in the area has grown and changed, so has CCCS.

State & Local Involvement in Immigration Enforcement Not Worth the Cost

Last December, at CLINIC’s Southeast Legalization Planning Conference in Atlanta, we dedicated a morning to discussing immigration advocacy on the state and local levels.  Legal service providers and advocates shared troubling stories about local law enforcement engaging in immigration enforcement efforts in their communities.

Karla Davis, FirstGEN Fellow: Exploring Social Justice, Becoming an Agent for Change

In hindsight, I’m not sure what I was thinking when I decided to attend a faith-based university in an affluent suburb of Kansas City. In May, as I sat in queue to walk across the stage and receive my diploma, I was at a loss as to how I would implement all of the motivational speeches and advice handed to college graduates. In this recent graduate daze, I arrived in DC this summer. The last few weeks have been not only been enlightening as to what it means to engage in public policy and to serve the rights of immigrants, but have also solidified my commitment to public service.

Network Profile: JFCS/East Bay

CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities.  This month we highlight an outstanding agency:       Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay (JFCS/East Bay)

Faith in Action and Family Detention in Artesia Part 2

My first post discussed one of many examples of the life-giving work that the Church is doing to support immigrant families who are not detained and contrasted the Catholic shelter to the detention center in Artesia, New Mexico.

Faith in Action and Family Detention in Artesia Part 1

Last week, I visited the family detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, and saw first hand how our country is responding to the issue of women and children seeking refuge at our border.  I also had the opportunity to see in action how the Catholic Church is responding to these same women and children.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and the "Pursuit of Hope"

Tragic images of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are flooding the airwaves, begging a humanitarian response, as well as hard questions.  Why are these children coming here?  Why now and why in such large numbers?  According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, approximately 57,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed into the United States since the 2014 fiscal year began in October—twice the number apprehended in 2013 and three times the 2011 total.

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