Immigration Subcommittee

Our Mission

The Immigration Subcommittee was formed by parishioners concerned about the injustices faced by immigrant, refugee and asylee families and individuals. Today’s immigrants leave their home countries because of intense violence, lack of opportunity, economic or legal injustices and persecution due to religion, gender, sexual orientation or political affiliation. We feel called by the Gospel and guided by Catholic Social Teaching to welcome the stranger by seeing in the immigrant the face of Christ. America is a country built by immigrants, most of us need to look back only one or two generations to discover our own immigrant ancestors.

The goals of the Immigration Subcommittee are to assist parishioners to:

  • Learn about immigration and the Church’s position on the issue through reading, research, and discussion
  • Organize activities to raise awareness of issues facing immigrants
  • Identify ways to serve immigrant children and adults in Baltimore in collaboration with local organizations who support them
  • Advocate on behalf of immigrants for legislative change by engaging elected officials through petitions, lobbying, and outreach
  • Care for the spiritual well-being of immigrant children and adults through prayer, vigils, and other spiritual ministries.

Justice & Peace Meetings

The Justice & Peace Committee generally meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6 PM.

Contact

Vonetta Edwards
Subcommittee Chair
immigration@st-ignatius.net

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Upcoming Events

Current Projects

Ignatian Family Advocacy Month: We’re Going to the Capitol!

As people of faith committed to justice, we are called to be educated on issues, especially those that impact the most vulnerable in our society, and to then engage in civic life and advocate for just policies. Join us for Ignatian Family Advocacy Month where we will come together to advocate for more humane immigration and environmental policies.

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Sign Your Name to Protect the Vulnerable

Welcoming the stranger and protecting the vulnerable in our midst is the hallmark of our religious traditions. These theological commitments are indispensable. They lay the foundation for treating all human beings with dignity and respect.

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Help Pass The Trust Act!

There are a few legislators that we are focusing on since their decisions directly affect the progression of the bill. Please reach out to them even if you are not their constituent and please reach out to your specific representatives even if they are not ‘focused’ on. With the focus appropriately on COVID, we are asking our legislature to not sideline this important immigrant based bill and have it languish and fall between the cracks this session.

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Resources

Family Mentoring

Details, facts, and articles regarding our Family Mentoring Program. 

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Action Alert

Here are a few things you can do right now that will make a difference.

Act Now!

Articles, Facts, Fiction

A collection of articles including immigration myths & human rights facts.

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Resources

A list of external partners and references committed to immigration needs.

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Media Watch

Sign Your Name to Protect the Vulnerable

Sign Your Name to Protect the Vulnerable

Welcoming the stranger and protecting the vulnerable in our midst is the hallmark of our religious traditions. These theological commitments are indispensable. They lay the foundation for treating all human beings with dignity and respect.

read more