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.
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On September 14th, 2020, a complaint was filed by Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, and the South Georgia Immigrant Support Network on behalf of detained immigrants at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Georgia. Of the many appalling issues raised, Ms. Dawn Wooten, a licensed nurse employed by the ICDC, and a protected whistleblower, brought forward a particular concern about the rate at which hysterectomies were being performed on immigrant women in ICE custody.
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