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Voice Your Support for Refugees

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration Urge Support for Refugees and Resettlement Efforts

  • 20 March 2018
  • Author: Jim Tobin
  • Number of views: 1397



JFI Colleagues,

As you may know, despite the continued global need, the number of refugees resettled by the United States has plummeted this year. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, our country set an annual goal to admit 45,000 refugees, the lowest target in the history of the refugee program. In addition to this low resettlement target, it is deeply concerning that at the halfway point of FY18, the U.S. has resettled a mere 9,616 refugees. At this rate, the program is not even on pace to reach 20,000 refugees, half of the year's low refugee admissions target.

The U.S. is a longstanding world leader in welcoming and resettling the most vulnerable refugees. But refugees are more than just numbers and statistics, they are our neighbors, our friends, our fellow parishioners, and our brothers and sisters in Christ.

In light of this year's troubling admissions, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration will be issuing a letter voicing support for refugees and the U.S. resettlement program. As we approach the halfway mark for resettlement, we need your help to lift-up the Catholic community's voice in support of refugees.

Please sign-on to a Catholic partners letter to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State, expressing your support for refugees and robust refugee resettlement.

Please find the full text of the letter below. Consider signing on here as a Catholic organization; Catholic priest, brother, or sister; or Catholic professional or volunteer lay person. Signatories will be accepted through 5pm ET on Friday, March 23rd. 

Please feel free to share this letter widely with your Catholic networks.

Now is the time to voice your support for refugees! Let the Administration know that as Catholics we continue to stand in solidarity with refugees!

Click here to read the full letter.

    In Solidarity,

        Tony Cube

3211 Fourth Street, NE Washington, DC 20017
Phone: (202) 541-3064 Fax: (202) 722-8711



Prayer for an End to Human Trafficking

Oh God, we didn't see them.

But you did-

The hundreds and thousands of human beings trafficked each year to join the millions who are trapped in modern-day slavery.

Under terrible conditions, they work in factories, plow fields, harvest crops, work quarries, fill brothels, clean homes, and haul water.

Many are children with tiny fingers for weaving rugs and small shoulders for bearing rifles.

Their labor is forced, their bodies beaten, their faces hidden from those who don't really want to see them.

But you see them all, God of the poor.

You hear their cry and you answer by opening our eyes, and breaking our hearts and loosening our tongues to insist:

No mas. No more.