On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, members of the Immigration Subcommittee from the St. Ignatius Justice & Peace Committee, joined with the Ignatian Solidarity Network in the first ever Jesuit Parish Advocacy Day on Migration.
Members advocated for just and humane immigration policies, including considering asylum-seeking essential travel, including mixed-status families in economic stimulus packages, automatic DACA and TPS extensions and renewals, protection for migrant agricultural farmworkers. They met with representatives from both Senator Van Hollen and Senator Cardin’s offices. Members were met with support from their representatives and were further reminded that it is crucial for citizens to be involved with their local governments. Representatives from Senator Cardin’s office left members with an ask: to keep broadening and building the coalition of justice and faith.
On behalf of the St. Ignatius Catholic Community, members also asked the Senators for advocacy and support on police reform and just policing policies. In early June, Senator Cardin, an original cosponsor of the Justice in Policing Actand lead sponsor of the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act (S. 2355) and Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (S. 3063), called on Republicans to join Democrats in finally passing comprehensive criminal justice reform legislation.
Our Discussion Points and Asks from the meeting can be referenced following the link below.