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National Call-in-Day to Congress Monday, February 26, 2018

U.S. Church Leaders Urge Action to Secure Legislative Protection for Dreamers

The U.S. Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to move forward with debate on legislation to provide relief to Dreamers.  Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB President; Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB Vice President; and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, together issued the following statement:

“We are deeply disappointed that the Senate was not able to come together in a bipartisan manner to secure legislative protection for the Dreamers.  With the March 5th deadline looming, we ask once again that Members of Congress show the leadership necessary to find a just and humane solution for these young people, who daily face mounting anxiety and uncertainty.

“We are also announcing a National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers. This coming weekend, we will be asking the faithful across the nation to call their Members of Congress next Monday, February 26, to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process. 

“Our faith compels us to stand with the vulnerable, including our immigrant brothers and sisters.  We have done so continually, but we must show our support and solidarity now in a special way.  Now is the time for action.”

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Ohio Bishops Oppose the Denial of Workers' Compensation to Undocumented Workers

Contacting Ohio General Assembly House Members Urged

HB 380 PROPOSES TO DENY WORKERS' COMPENSATION TO UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

In June, 2017, an attempt to amend the workers' compensation's budget bill to deny benefits to undocumented workers failed in the Ohio Senate.  

The Ohio House has reintroduced this same restriction through HB 380.  

All Ohioans can send an email through the Catholic Charities of Cleveland's Action Alert portal, or through the Ohio House e-mail site.

To do a zip code search for your Representative click here.

I am opposed to HB 380, which will deny workers' compensation to undocumented workers.  Once undocumented immigrants are here and working, their human dignity itself should guarantee basic compensation and protections for the work they provide.

Urge Lawmakers to Work Together for an Immediate Solution for Dreamers

U.S. Bishops Justice for Immigrants Project Issues Call to Action

The fate of nearly 1.8 million Dreamers remains uncertain as Congress has yet to reach a bipartisan deal to protect these youth. On January 22nd, Congress passed a short-term spending bill that will fund the government through February 8th, ending the government shutdown. The bill did not include protections for Dreamers, however, parties have agreed to continue negotiations and work towards a fix.

Unfortunately, every day that passes without a solution is a day where DACA youth fall out of status and lose their ability to go to school, serve in the military, and work legally.

National Migration Week Underway

Theme is "Many Journeys, One Family"

Message from the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Thousands of Ohioans Tell Congress to Protect Young Immigrants

Catholics throughout Ohio send 15,000 letters to elected officials to pass the DREAM ACT

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many churches, schools, faith communities, advocacy groups, and other people of goodwill who united in support of DREAMers,” said the Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati and Chair of the Catholic Conference of Ohio.

 “We are deeply concerned by the many years of failure by Congress, whether controlled by Democrats or by Republicans, to address the plight of immigrants who were brought to the United States as children in the arms of their parents and who have no legal means to regularize their status.  With such an outpouring of support from thousands of Ohioans, we urge Congress to finally provide a solution to this crisis and a path to citizenship for DREAMers.”

Support the Dream Act

Contact your Congressional Officials

The Dream Act is intended to protect immigrant youth who entered the United States as children and know America as their only home. The Act will provide conditional resident status for young people who were eligible under the DACA Program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

We need your letters and calls to Congress, and the President, in support of this Act.

House Bill H.R. 3440 and the Senate Bill S. 1615 both establish the Dream Act.  Please take a moment today to send an email to your legislators asking them to sponsor and vote for these bills or similar legislation.

USCCB Action Alert

What You Need to Know About Existing DACA Requirements and DACA Advocacy

Concerns Raised over the Administration's Immigration Principles and Policies

USCCB Migration Committee Chairman Exhorts Congress to Enact True Protection for "Dreamers"

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the Committee on Migration, issued the following statement urging Congress to “ensure true protection for Dreamers once and for all.”

“The Administration’s Immigration Principles and Policies do not provide the way forward for comprehensive immigration reform rooted in respect for human life and dignity, and for the security of our citizens. They are not reflective of our country’s immigrant past, and they attack the most vulnerable, notably unaccompanied children and many others who flee persecution. Most unfortunately, the principles fail to recognize that the family is the fundamental building block of our immigration system, our society, and our Church.

“Since July, Congress has introduced legislative solutions for Dreamers, including the Dream Act. The Administration should focus attention on ensuring that a legislative solution for Dreamers is found as soon as possible. Every day that passes without that solution, these youth experience growing apprehension for their futures and their families. Each passing day brings us all a step closer to March 2018, when DACA recipients will begin to lose legal work privileges, and far worse, face the threat of deportation and family separation.

“For this reason, we exhort Congress to take up legislation and move forward promptly to ensure true protection for Dreamers once and for all. Together with so many others of good will, we shall continue to offer welcome and support to these remarkable young people, and we shall not stop advocating for their permanent protection and eventual citizenship.”

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USCCB Migration Chairman “Gravely Concerned” About Presidential Determination For Refugee Admissions

"Disturbed and Deeply Disappointed" says Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration

On September 27, 2017, the Administration, in a consultation with Congress, proposed to only admit up to 45,000 refugees to the United States in fiscal year 2018. This Presidential Determination (PD) for Refugee Admissions is the lowest since the founding of the program in 1980 and marks the second consecutive year that the new Administration has reduced the PD. Currently there are 65 million displaced people and 22 million refugees worldwide.

Read the USCCB Statement

Bishop Nelson Perez Seeks Reprieve on Deportation Order

New Bishop of Cleveland Advocates for Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez

Bishop Nelson Perez personally appealed to immigration officials Tuesday, September 26, 2017 to allow Pedro Hernandez- Ramirez to stay in the United States and care for his stepson, Juan Pino, who has cerebral palsy and mental disabilities.

Perez accompanied Hernandez- Ramirez and family to the office of Enforcement and Removal Operations at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Brooklyn Heights, where Hernandez-Ramirez was told to report before his scheduled deportation Thursday. Perez was not permitted to meet with ICE officials, and instead gave them a statement in support of Hernandez-Ramirez.

''The bishop wanted to go there and show his support,'' diocese spokesman Robert Tayak said. ''He spoke with the family and prayed with them. It was gut-wrenching. It's really evident that it is a beautiful family.''

USCCB President, Vice President and Chairmen Denounce Decision to End DACA

"Cancellation of the DACA Program is Reprehensible"

Over 780,000 youth received protection from the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) since its inception by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2012. DACA provided no legal status or government benefits but did provide recipients with temporary employment authorization to work in the United States and reprieve from deportation.

 


USCCB Statement

“The cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible. It causes unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families. These youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their only home. The Catholic Church has long watched with pride and admiration as DACA youth live out their daily lives with hope and a determination to flourish and contribute to society: continuing to work and provide for their families, continuing to serve in the military, and continuing to receive an education. Now, after months of anxiety and fear about their futures, these brave young people face deportation. This decision is unacceptable and does not reflect who we are as Americans.

The Church has recognized and proclaimed the need to welcome young people: ‘Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me' (Mark 9:37). Today, our nation has done the opposite of how Scripture calls us to respond. It is a step back from the progress that we need to make as a country. Today’s actions represent a heartbreaking moment in our history that shows the absence of mercy and good will, and a short-sighted vision for the future. DACA youth are woven into the fabric of our country and of our Church, and are, by every social and human measure, American youth.

We strongly urge Congress to act and immediately resume work toward a legislative solution. We pledge our support to work on finding an expeditious means of protection for DACA youth.

As people of faith, we say to DACA youth – regardless of your immigration status, you are children of God and welcome in the Catholic Church.  The Catholic Church supports you and will advocate for you.”

September 5, 2017: USCCB President Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston,  USCCB Vice President, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angles, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman, Committee on Migration, and Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, chairman of the Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees, and Travelers

Church Teachings on Immigration

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