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:
States are increasingly passing laws aimed at integrating immigrants into our communities. One recent trend in pro-immigrant legislation relates to affordable higher education for immigrant youth. In May 2014, Florida became the 20th state to extend eligibility for in-state tuition at public universities and colleges to its undocumented residents. In this podcast, CLINIC interviews Ingrid Delgado of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops about Florida’s new tuition equity law and some of the advocacy strategies that contributed to this legislative success.
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.