Refugee Resettlement Action Alert from Jesuit Refugee Service
Let your policymakers know that you oppose these efforts to limit the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. and that you support greater U.S. involvement in refugee protection efforts.
DACA Action Alert from Ignatian Solidarity Network
This bill, which has bipartisan support, will provide much-needed protection and stability for the young, productive, and undocumented members of our society. Join us in calling on the U.S. Senate to bring to the floor for debate and pass a clean Dream Act of 2019.
The Crisis of Immigrant Families Being Separated at the US/Mexico Border
What You Can Do Right Now to Help Immigrant Families Separated at the Border
We’ve been hit with this question from our parishioners – “What on earth can we do to try help the families that have been separated?…and what can we do to protest in order to stop this atrocity?”
We came across the following article in The Cut magazine To find out how the general public can fight this horrific policy. The Cut reached out to various organizations that advocate for immigrants’ rights. The attached article with links will direct you on how to volunteer, donate, contact representatives, and protest. Have at it!
Protect Immigrant Children & Families
Since October 2017, over 700 children have been separated from their parents and rendered “unaccompanied,” including over 100 children under the age of four. On May 4, 2018, DHS stated that it will refer all individuals who cross the border without authorization for criminal prosecution, including adult members of family units. If implemented, this policy will undoubtedly lead to a drastic increase in incidences of family separation.
As people of faith we are called to stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters, to stand for families, to stand for the inherent dignity of all people. Join us in taking action!
Resources on Family Separation
Please visit the Justice for Immigrants site to find resources on Family Separation. Learn about the policy and what you can do to help stop Family Separation whether you are a parishioner, an advocate or a social worker.
Areas That Always Need Action
Temporary Protected Status
The United States is currently home to over 300,000 immigrants from 10 countries who receive Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS has given these individuals the opportunity to rebuild their lives in the U.S. when conditions in their countries of origin, such as natural disasters or armed conflict, prevent their return.
JRS/USA works with an international network of JRS programs in more than 45 countries, and with other human rights and refugee assistance organizations to tell the story of the “forgotten” refugee. By bringing field-based accounts of needs that too often do not make the headlines to the attention of policymakers in the United States, and by proposing specific actions to meet these needs, JRS advocacy seeks to make a direct and lifesaving impact on the well-being of refugees and forced migrants.
Stand in Support of Dreamers
The Dream Act of 2017 (S 1615 / HR 3440) was introduced in Congress as a bipartisan effort earlier this year. It is intended to protect immigrant youth who entered the United States as children and know America as their only home. The bill offers qualifying immigrant youth “conditional permanent resident status” and a path to full lawful permanent residency and eventual citizenship. This bill would protect numerous youth, including the estimated 780,000 individuals who received temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility through the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.