When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
As an expression of social responsibility and solidarity, all immigrants, regardless of legal status, can and should file taxes. Paying taxes is a meaningful way to promote the common good and an important means for immigrants to establish “good moral character.” A requirement for people applying to become US citizens, “good moral character” is character which measures up to the standards of average citizens of the community in which the applicant resides and can be
Our commitment to supporting newcomers is personal and at CLINIC, we are inspired by friends who have overcome numerous obstacles to become naturalized US citizens. Saba Hailu is one such friend, who journeyed from aspiring citizen to new American. Saba’s determination strengthens our resolve to ensure that the foreign-born have access to opportunities for citizenship and civic participation.
February 8, 2015 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita and marks the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery that exploits vulnerable persons, often taking victims across international borders and leaving them without the information or ability to flee their plight. This day is an opportunity to reflect upon the factors in society that lead to trafficking, explore anti-trafficking efforts, and to advocate for the human dignity of this vulnerable group.
Rita Dhakal joined the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC in June 2009. She currently works with Attorney Megan Turngren to help to provide legal services to RIS clients. In addition, Rita volunteers with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, where she interviews clients for case intake and placement for the Uncontested Divorce Clinic.
*The following reflection originally appeared as a feature in Catholic Charities USA's Advent Reflection Series