Justice for Immigrants Campaign

Justice for Immigrants Campaign

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http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org/
Antonio B. Cube Jr., Campaign Manager
Justice for Immigrants
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 Fourth Street, NE
Washington, DC  20017
Phone:  202-541-3245

Current information on the Justice for Immigrants campaign can be found here.

 

Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees: “A Church without frontiers, mother to all”

 

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In June 2004, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration and The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, INC. (CLINIC) Board of Directors resolved to make comprehensive immigration reform, with special emphasis on legalization, a major public policy priority within the Church. Many other national Catholic institutions have also made legalization a policy priority.  Subsequently, they initiated the Justice for Immigrants campaign and invited other national Catholic organization to join.

In May 2005, the Irish Apostolate USA joined the Justice for Immigrants Campaign as a Core Member.  Since that time the IAUSA Administrator has represented the Irish Apostolate at JFI meetings, emailed Alerts to the Irish Immigration Pastoral Centers to take action on pending legislation, and participated in advocacy efforts with other JFI organizations with Members of Congress.  The IAUSA Board and Chaplains, along with staff and volunteers from the IIPCs, have called and emailed their Senators and House Representatives advocating for immigration reform that would include a path to legalization for the undocumented.

The Justice for Immigrants website is designed to provide education on the Catholic Church’s teaching and important relevant information on immigration in the United States, while providing the means to involve the public in its advocacy efforts.

Many common MYTHS and misperceptions regarding immigrants are stated as FACT in the media.   Some of these include:

  • Immigrants don’t pay taxes
  • Immigrants come here to take welfare
  • Immigrants send all their money back to their home countries
  • Immigrants take jobs and opportunity away from Americans
  • Immigrants are a drain on the U.S. economy
  • Immigrants don’t want to learn English or become Americans
  • Today’s immigrants are different than those of 100 years ago
  • Most immigrants cross the border illegally
  • Weak U.S. border enforcement has lead to high undocumented immigration
  • The war on terrorism can be won through immigration restrictions

 

Professor Kristin Heyer_ Catholic Social Teaching and Immigration Briefing_ April 2013