|Now is the time to
pass just and compassionate immigration reform|
Send this electronic
postcard your U.S. Senators and Representatives asking that they pass just and compassionate immigration reform legislation
in the 113th Congress.
|If you no longer wish to receive e-mail from us, please click here. |
On July 3rd,
the eve of Independence Day and just hours before the Statue of Liberty reopened following Superstorm Sandy, over 50 people
gathered at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Wyandanch for the second Long Island Jobs with Justice “Stop
the Deportations” vigil.
3rd and July 14th, people of faith will be participating in Good Samaritan actions to support immigration reform. Whether
it is organizing a vigil much like this, or preaching on immigration reform in places of worship, we recognize the power that
people of faith have in ensuring that just and humane immigration reform passes in the US House of Representatives as it recently
did in the US Senate.
On Sunday, July 14th, most Christian churches will reflect on the
Gospel of the Good Samaritan. This well-known Biblical story - of a despised outsider who helps a victim when his own
people pass him by - is in many ways an immigrant story. We have distributed sermon notes to help Christian clergy preach
about immigration reform on Good Samaritan Sunday. We are also collecting letters asking Long Island members of Congress
to support interfaith principles for just immigration reform. Over 1000 of these letters have been collected already
by congregations in Congressman Peter King's district.
If you would like Good Samaritan resources go to:
If you would like to participate in any of these activities, contact
either of these Jobs with Justice staff: Anita Halasz (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Richard Koubek (email@example.com)
| Click here to unsubscribe|
Immigrant Myths Debunked
|The Holy Illegal Alien Family
For further information
go to the following websiteshttp://www.usccb.org/mrs/unity.shtml,
"The Church can regard no one as excluded from its motherly embrace,
no one as outside the scope of its motherly care. It has no enemies except those who wish to make themselves such. Its catholicity
is no idle boast. It was not for nothing that it received its mission to foster love, unity and peace among men" (Ecclesiam
Suam, no. 94).
illegal immigrant comes before us as a stranger within whom Jesus asks to be recognized. To welcome him and to show him solidarity
is a duty of hospitality and fidelity to Christian identity itself. ~ Pope John Paul II
At the last meeting of the LIIA, the members discussed the need to
address the implementation of "Secure Communities" policies on Long Island. It was agreed to have a press conference
to announce a public education campaign and also to announce a plan to interrupt the Secure Communities process
on a local basis.
Today's meeting concluded with a decision to postpone the press conference until June
26. It seems that the state ACLU is working on a statement based on reports from 3 states that have successfully challenged
Secure Communities in their own localities. These localities have decided not to honor the detainers that are ordered by ICE.
Keeping the individuals in prison is expensive. Homeland Security orders the detention but does not reimburse the locality,
so they decided not to honor the detainers. To date there have been no reactions from Homeland Security .
Suffolk/Nassau aclu will use these case histories to persuade our own local jurisdictions to act in a similar manner.
Members expressed the need for a press conference and for the public education campaign as many immigrants are
now very fearful and also without information as to their rights. Anecdotes about immigrants' experiences with law enforcement
or deportation are needed for the press conference. Everyone was asked to bring supporters to the press conference.
Members also cited instances of increased ticketing activity by police for minor infractions. Ex: a homeless
"bag lady" in Freeport, well recognized in the area, was sitting inside the RR station. She stood up and moved away
for a few minutes, leaving her bag behind. She was given a ticket by the police.
The danger for the immigrants
occurs when ticketed for something minor. Immigrants are afraid to go to court because of the threat of deportation.
When they don't show up in court, then they receive another ticket on a more serious level. Also they often do not have the
money to pay the fine that is imposed.
It was also mentioned that there are increased code enforcements out East during
the summer season.
PCLI has made a banner for the press conference:
"The only secure community is the
Next LIIA meeting - June 19 10 AM at
Tuoro in Hauppauge.
Visit our website: www.paxchristilongisland.org
“WELCOMING THE STRANGER” WORKSHOPS ON THE EAST END
Our next workshop
for clergy and lay leaders on how to help your congregation and community to become more welcoming of immigrants will be Wednesday,
June 6, at 6 p.m. at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton.
A similar workshop is being
scheduled on the North Fork at Sacred Heart Church in Cutchogue on Depot Lane and Main Road.
Public comment under way for proposed immigration reformThe U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services is encouraging public input over the next 60 days on a proposed law that would allow illegal immigrants
with immediate family members who are U.S. citizens to remain with their family longer while seeking permanent residency.
For more information on the proposed law, go to uscis.gov. A 60-day public-comment period began Monday for a proposed policy that would allow illegal immigrants who are immediate
family members of U.S. citizens to remain with their families longer while applying for permanent residency. People
can submit their input on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' proposal at regulations.gov through June 1. The rule would allow illegal immigrants, through a provisional waiver, to remain with their families longer
if they could demonstrate that separation would pose an extreme hardship on their spouse, parents or children. The government
expects the rule to reduce the financial and emotional hardship for families of illegal immigrants and also increase efficiencies
in processing visas. HELP FOR IMMIGRANT WORKERS The State Department of Labor has a host of free programs
designed to help immigrants break into the workforce. The New York State Department of Labor is addressing the language/employment
barrier with a new program designed to help immigrants navigate the working world and learn English as well. Immigrant workforce
counselors are set up at the State Labor Department's one-stop centers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Flushing, Patchogue, Yonkers,
Buffalo, Syracuse and Utica and they can provide assistance in a wide variety of languages. They also refer clients to English
as a Second Language (ESL) classes. All of the Immigrant Workforce Project programs are free. For more information, visit
http://www.labor.ny.gov. INTERRELIGIOUS VISITS The LICC’s Dialogue Committee wants to encourage inter-denominational
and inter-religious visits to houses of worship, which is one way to create communities that welcome immigrants. When Christians
meet local Sikhs, Bahais, and Jains, they are reminded that not all recent immigrants are from Latin America. And Latinos
often find they need a little help in understanding Long Island’s astonishing religious diversity. If a picture is worth
a thousand words, someone remarked once at a meeting of the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum, a visit is worth a thousand pictures.
Would your church, synagogue, mosque, gurudwara, temple or fellowship welcome interfaith visitors? If so, what are good
times to come and whom should we list as a contact for visits? Is there anything you would like visitors to know about where
they should sit, what they should wear, and what you would prefer that they do or not do? You might also consider hosting
the Forum’s “Building Bridges” program or its “What’s My Faith?” game show. Both are great
ways to help your congregation or community group to understand your immigrant neighbors. The Rev. Thomas W. Goodhue Executive
Director Long Island Council of Churches 1644 Denton Green Hempstead, NY 11550 516-565-0290 ext. 206 (voice)
516-565-0291 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.liccny.org
|LI Council of Churches|
1644 Denton Green
Hempstead, New York 11550
Read the VerticalResponse marketing policy.
Correctional Association of NY Website Link
Stop Haitian Deportations!
Free Prayer Cards Immigration/Refugee
Bishops on Immigration
Free Prayer Cards Immigration/Refugees
Please pardon if you've already received this from Senator Durbin
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:03 AM
I'm writing you today to help me do right by some of America's most
talented, hardworking, patriotic young adults -- many of whom have reached out to me directly over the years with inspiring
personal stories and emotional pleas for help.
I'm talking about a select group of high school graduates
who were brought to America as children -- often before they can even remember -- but who now face deportation, through no
fault of their own.
These young people have been raised in America. They have sat in the classrooms
of our schools and stood up every morning to give the Pledge of Allegiance to the only flag they've ever known. They have
worked hard and played by the rules.
They deserve a chance to be legal, contributing members of our society --
and it’s up to you and me to give them that shot.
Click here to sign on as a citizen co-sponsor of the DREAM Act that I just re-introduced in the Senate
-- to give a select group of bright immigrant students the chance to contribute more fully to America.
My legislation would give students with good moral character who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years
-- and came here before turning sixteen -- the chance to earn legal status after earning a high school degree and completing
two years of college or military service in good standing.
It would ensure that some of our nation's honor-roll
students, class valedictorians, star athletes and talented artists could continue their studies in America and become our
next generation of doctors, nurses, teachers, soldiers, public servants, and more.
And it would ensure that these
young people are not punished for a wrong they didn't commit. That's not the American way.
Passing the DREAM Act is simply the right thing to do. Please sign on as a citizen co-sponsor of this important
legislation right now.
In recent votes, a growing majority of the Senate has supported the DREAM Act.
But we still need to pick up a few more “Yea” votes to break the filibuster, and convince obstructionist
Senators it's in their political best interest -- and the country's best interest -- to stand with this select group of
promising young people.
As you may know, this is an issue I’m especially passionate about. I'll keep
you posted as I look for ways to advance this legislation in the Senate, and hope I can claim your support as I do.
Thank you for standing with me to do right by these young people.
|Paid for by Friends of Dick Durbin|
Click here to unsubscribe
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 2:28 PM
Subject: Pray-Study-Act: National
Weekend of Prayer and Action for Immigrant Justice
USA - Rapid Response Network
Pray-Study-Act: Immigrant Justice
|Join our list |
This coming weekend, July 29-August
1, is the National Weekend of Prayer and Action for Immigrant Justice
, started by our friends at Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ). Thursday, July 29 marks the day that Arizona's controversial
law on immigration, SB1070, goes into effect. People of faith and immigrants rights activists all across the nation are planning
prayer vigils, public protests, and other events to draw attention to this law which flaunts basic human rights and encourages
Please find several resources below, as well as quick links to the left, which will help you
to pray, study and act on this issue. Participants at the national conference 10 days ago heard a passionate call to respect
the rights of immigrants and uphold the values at the heart of our faith by keynote presenter Elena Segura. We hope you can
use this opportunity to pray, study and act for justice for immigrants.
Pax Christi USA
|PRAY: A prayer for
|God of the journey, God of the traveler,|
We pray for those who leave their homes
in search of new beginnings
may they know your presence with them.
We pray that those who seek to make a home in this country
may find us welcoming and willing to help them find a path toward citizenship.
We pray that our legislators, as they
craft new immigration legislation may find the wisdom and courage to enact new policies that do justice for our country
and for those who would immigrate here.
We pray for those who fan the flames of fear
and discrimination against
that they may be touched with your divine compassion.
We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.
(From the Archdiocese of Chicago)
|STUDY: Presentation by Elena Segura at the National Catholic Conference on Peacemaking|| |
Elena Segura is the director
of the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigrant Education of the Archdiocese of Chicago. She delivered the following keynote
presentation at the National Catholic Conference on Peacemaking, July 17, 2010. An excerpt is below with a link to the full
... To you folks of Pax Christi, peacemakers, I don't have to talk about why immigrants
come to this country. Or the popular phrase that anti-immigrant groups use: "What part of illegal don't you understand?"
When this phrase is being shouted in my ears by some Catholics who call my office to complain about the stand of the Church
towards immigration reform, I always take this time as an opportunity to listen to the fear, the rage, and to pray on the
spot for this person and his/her family and the group he/she represents. (By the way, an anti-immigrant Catholic is a contradiction
of terms to me). I do have an altar where I add names of anti-immigrants. I'm asking God to teach me how to love these brothers
and sisters whose hearts still need to be opened. So in response to the question, "what part of illegal don't you understand?",
we should understand that the action
might be illegal (people are forced to
break a law that is already broken), the status
might be illegal, but not the person
.To read Ms. Segura's full speech, click here.
|ACT: Take action this weekend, July 29-Aug. 1; IWJ resource toolkit & a letter-writing action|
| | **************************************************************************************
Pax Christi USA | 532 West Eighth Street | Erie | PA | 16502
LI mirrors national trend in Latino population growth
Island mirrors a national trend showing modest gains in the Hispanic population from 2008 to 2009, a growth that has
helped propel an overall increase of minorities nationwide and locally, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released Thursday.
"Increase in diversity . . . [particularly
among] the Hispanic and Asian populations" is the story in New York, said Robert Scardamaglia, director of the Center for Research and Information Analysis at the State Data
Center. "New York continues to age and become a more diverse state."
The story is much the
same for Long Island, said Seth Forman, chief planner for the Long Island Regional Planning Council. Noting the Hispanic increase,
he said, "Half of our immigration flow is from Central America, through Mexico. It's people who have networks with people who have established themselves [here]."
There could be a slowing of immigration in 2010, Forman predicted, because of the stagnant economy the 2009 estimates
might not fully reflect. "When there's fewer jobs, people come at a slower rate," he said.
Forman said the percentage of Hispanics on Long Island may not fall "because they tend to have higher birthrates."
The Hispanic population "remains the largest and fastest growing minority group" in the nation, said Robert
Bernstein, a bureau spokesman. The bureau said Hispanics comprised 15.8 percent of the nation's estimated 307 million people
in 2009, up from 15.4 percent in 2008. On Long Island, Hispanics comprised nearly 13.5 percent of the population in 2009,
up from 13 percent a year earlier.
Of the nation's 3,143 counties, Bernstein said the percent
of the Hispanic population in Suffolk was the 40th largest, and Nassau's was the 47th largest. (The Bronx ranked 12th and Queens, 14th.) Nassau, Suffolk and New York City's boroughs also constitute some of the most populous counties in the country.
"The minority population [nationwide] . . . grew 2.2 percent from 2008 to 2009," Bernstein said. "They
now make up 34.9 percent [107.2 million] of the total population."
Locally, minorities comprised
31.9 percent of Nassau's population in 2009, a 3.7 percent increase from 2008, and 25.7 percent of Suffolk's, a 2.8 percent
increase, Bernstein said.
Among the nation's counties, Nassau's minority population ranks 46th
and Suffolk's is 55th.
The bureau's 2009 estimates are the last to use the 2000 census as a base,
updated with records on births, deaths and domestic and international migration. The 2010 census county results are to be
released next year.
LI BREAKING NEWS: Get email or text alerts | Friend us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Send in news tips or photos
NOTABLE STORIES: LI man raided in Times Square case: FBI apologizes | Man who killed girlfriend gets life sentence | Dozens more LI stories
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2010 5:14 PM
Subject: Do I look Illegal?
It is racial persecution. It is institutionalized
discrimination. It is a direct and blatant attack on the Latino community. The bill signed into law this week by Arizona Gov.
Jan Brewer is a major setback in the fight for equality and civil rights.
Your appearance, your clothes, your
language, your location, your activities or anything that may trigger suspicion is now grounds for detention. So in response
to this heinous bill, we decided to send the Arizona governor and the state legislature a challenge: Answer this question
- Do I Look "Illegal"?
Latino or not, let us stand together and fight back against these forces
of racism. We have produced T-shirts to tell the Arizona government that we will not stand idle as they trump the basic civil
rights of any minority.
Your contribution of $15 will not only get you one of the T-Shirts but will also allow
Brave New Foundation's Cuéntame to produce a series of videos and actions that will expose the Arizona government
for their attempt to institutionalize a Latino persecution.
We have also launched a pledge to boycott the state of Arizona until this law is stricken down. Sign the petition today and tell Arizona that you boycott intolerance and persecution.
We are fed up and are ready to fight back! Are you with us?
Caballero, Ofelia Yañez
and the Cuéntame team
If you haven't already, please become a Cuéntame connection by clicking the LIKE button on top of the page. Building strong numbers is the most effective way to push back against this unjust law.
To modify your email preferences or to unsubscribe, click here
You Can Stop Racist Border Laws |Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law the most racist and anti-immigrant law in the country,
SB1070. The Alliance for Global Justice (which has a Tucson, Arizona office) joins the call for a boycott of Arizona until the law is repealed. We further demand
that the federal government not cooperate with the legislation.
How You Can Stop Racist Border Laws:
1) Contact the White House with this message by email, reach them at their comments line: 202-456-1111, their switchboard line: 202-456-1414 or by FAX: 202-456-2461.
I demand that the federal government not cooperate with Arizona's racist and anti-immigrant law, SB1070. Immigration law
is federal law, and it is not the duty of states to decide who has rights and who does not. The law gives police the authority
to detain anyone they suspect of being an undocumented immigrant. In Arizona, this means anyone who is Latino and/or Spanish
speaking is a potential suspect--and that is racial profiling. I demand that the Federal government not accept or process
detainees arrested or cases carried out as a part of this law. I also demand an immediate halt to any more Memorandums of
Understanding between the Department of Homeland Security and state law enforcement anywhere.
2) Boycott Arizona
until SB1070 is repealed! There are three components to this boycott:
· Do not attend
and do not hold any conventions or conferences in the state of Arizona;
· Do not take vacations in Arizona
or support its tourist industry (The following are exempt: visits to family and close friends or to participate in immigrant
rights solidarity activities. While visiting, AFGJ suggest you still not participate in official tourism);
Do not patronize the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team, a prominent symbol of Arizona and a major contributor to SB1070 supporters.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law on Friday, April 23rd
the most racist and repressive anti-immigrant law in the nation, SB1070. SB1070 codifies the practice of racial profiling
giving local and state police the authority investigate anyone they suspect of being in the US without documentation. In Arizona,
this means anyone who is brown and/or speaks Spanish is "suspect". To comply with the law, anyone, citizen or not,
must have legal identification on their person at all times. The penalty just for not having identification with you is arrest
and a fine of up to $500. Because of the similarities to the hated Passbook Laws of segregated South Africa, many are calling
this a new system of Arizona Apartheid. SB1070 allows citizens to sue government institutions for not enforcing the law aggressively
enough and prohibits churches from providing sanctuary or cities and towns from instructing their police to not enforce immigration
Arizona is leading the country down a dangerous and destructive path of racism. Already, several other states
have expressed interest in passing copycat legislation.
Arizona Representative Raúl Grijalva has sent a
letter to President Obama calling for him to use his "authority to limit [federal] cooperation with Arizona officials
in their enforcement of SB1070." Also included is a request that there be no more Memorandums of Understanding between
the Department of Homeland Security and state law enforcement, adding that agreements like these "have been subject to
serious concerns as local law enforcement agencies have used the new power to target communities of color, including a disproportionate
number of Latinos for arrest." At an April 24 rally at his Tucson office, Rep. Grijalva pointed out that immigration
law is a federal, not a state matter, saying "This is a national embarrassment, a Pandora's box. Jan Brewer has opened
a Pandora's Box that says the state has unilateral rights to say who his rights and who doesn't. We have insisted on non-cooperation
by the Federal government with this law."
There have been varied calls for a boycott of Arizona, but most
have to do with three basic components: 1. No conventions or conferences in Arizona (this is what Rep. Grijalva has called
for); 2. No tourism-don't come to Arizona unless you have specific friends and family to visit or immigrant rights solidarity
projects to participate in; 3) Boycott the Arizona Diamondbacks, a very visible symbol of Arizona and a team that has contributed
heavily to Arizona Republicans and supporters of SB1070. AFGJ asked prominent immigrant rights lawyer and founder of the Coalición
de Derechos Humanos, Isabel Garcia, about which of the three components of the boycott should be honored. Her response: "Yes,
all of that! Do not spend your money in Arizona!"
WE ARE ALL ARIZONANS!
The Catholic bishops renew our appeal to provide
equity for legal immigrants in access to health care. This can be accomplished, in part, by repealing the five-year ban for
legal immigrants to access Medicaid; repealing the applicability of "sponsor-deeming" for Medicaid and CHIP; and
ensuring that pregnant women in the United States, who will be giving birth to children who are United States citizens, are
eligible along with their unborn children for health care regardless of their immigration status. Immigrants pay the same
taxes as citizens and their health needs cannot be ignored. Leaving them outside a reformed system is both unfair and unwise.
~ US Conference of Catholic Bishops
|A clear message as the attacks continue
Marcello Lucero//LI Wins Link
Bob Keeler on Immigration
United Farm Workers
Want to do somwething that
will make a difference.
Ask your Pastor to put this poster
up, ask your store manager,& why not put one in your window. Click on LI Wins or the picture for a copy or print
The detention of hundreds of thousands
of immigrants every year in the United States represents a violation of human rights, Amnesty International USA said in a
report on Wednesday. On an average day, the rights group said, more than 30,000 immigrants are in detention facilities. That's
triple the number that were in custody a decade ago, according to Amnesty's report "Jailed Without Justice: Immigration
Detention in the USA." "America should be outraged by the scale of human rights abuses occurring within its own
borders," said Larry Cox, director of Amnesty International USA.
YOU WANT TO HELP CONTACT Long Island Immigrant Alliance
Long Island Immigrant Alliance
Amityville, NY 11701
Adelphi study says immigrants boost LI economy
- October 20, 2008
Immigrants contribute $10.6 billion a year to Long Island's economy by increasing productivity, generating new business and paying taxes, according to a study to be released today
by Adelphi University's Center for Social Innovation.
While many Long Islanders have said that immigrants drain
government resources, the study says they contribute $2,305 more per person in taxes and government fees than they use in
schools, health care and law enforcement. It found that spending by immigrants - those who are legal residents as well as
those who are undocumented - leads to creation of about 82,000 jobs a year.
Funded by the Hagedorn Foundation in
Port Washington, the study is believed to be the first in-depth look at the economic impact of immigrants from all nationalities
on Long Island. The author, Mariano Torras, is a professor of economics at Adelphi University and a fellow at the University
of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies. He analyzed census figures beginning in 1980, government budgets and other
Contradicting the critics
While the report doesn't mention
those who have been critical of illegal immigrants, it does seek to contradict their arguments. One goal of the Hagedorn Foundation
is reduction of tensions between established residents and immigrants.
"The results should blunt these criticisms,"
Torras said yesterday, "but I'm also aware of the realities that in these kinds of political economic controversies
both sides have their minds made up and find reasons to discredit findings they don't agree with."
Peter King (R-Seaford), who had not seen the report yesterday, said he has read some nationwide reports emphasizing the economic
benefits of undocumented immigrants and other reports emphasizing the costs. "But economics aside, from the security
and the social points of view, we have to control who is in the country. This country has to get control of its border."
Reshaping the Island
The study also shows how immigrants are reshaping the face of Long Island.
As older residents moved away or died and their children settled elsewhere in the past 2 1/2 decades, the Island would have
lost population if not for immigrants, Torras found.
Among other findings about Long Island:
population more than doubled since 1980 to just over 465,000 residents. Immigrants now make up 16 percent of the general population.
More than 85 percent of immigrants who arrived here before 1980 are now U.S. citizens.
More than half of
all immigrants arriving since 2000 are from Latin America. El Salvador contributes by far the most immigrants to Long Island
- more than 44,000.
As of 2000, almost 70 percent of the Island's Asians were born outside the United States.
Hempstead, Freeport, and Elmont in Nassau County and Brentwood in Suffolk are by far the Island's four largest immigrant communities and home to more
than 13 percent of the immigrants.
More than 46 percent of Long Island's immigrants are in the "prime
working age" category of 18 to 44, compared with less than one-third of the rest of the population.
groups contribute more in taxes and government fees than they use in services, or what economists call a "net benefit."
The extent varies widely: Asians contributed a net benefit of $3,249 per person in 2006; non-Hispanic white immigrants contributed
$4,059; Hispanic immigrants, $842; and black immigrants, $789.
Get breaking news | Most popular stories | Dining and Travel deals all via e-mail!
Copyright © 2008, Newsday Inc.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy for Immigrants
We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic,
economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving
our neighbor has global dimensions and requires us to eradicate racism and address the extreme poverty and disease plaguing
so much of the world. Solidarity also includes the Scriptural call to welcome the stranger among us - including immigrants
seeking work, a safe home, education for their children, and a decent life for their families. ~Faithful
UNA JORNADA DE ESPERANZA
Desde su fundación, Los Estados Unidos han recibido inmigrantes de todo el
mundo, quienes han encontrado oportunidades y refugio seguro en una nueva tierra. El trabajo, los valores y la creencia de
inmigrantes de todo el mundo han transformado a Los Estados Unidos de ser un grupo de colonias, a convertirse en una de las
principales democracias en el mundo actual. Desde su fundación al día de hoy, Los Estados Unidos siguen siendo una nación
de inmigrantes basada en la firme creencia que los recién llegados ofrecen energía nueva, esperanza y diversidad cultural.
Nuestra fe común en Jesucristo nos lleva a la búsqueda de alternativas que
favorecen a un espíritu de solidaridad. Es una fe que supera fronteras y nos hace vencer todas las formas de discriminación
y violencia para que podamos construir relaciones de justicia y de amor.
Benedict XVI urged the nation's Roman Catholic bishops and cardinals ......to support new immigrants to the United States.
"I want to encourage you and your communities to continue to welcome the immigrants who join your ranks today, to share
their joys and hopes, to support them in their sorrows and trials and to help them flourish in their new home," the pope
said during a prayer service at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
…..REFLECTING PEACE & JUSTICE
there are just reasons in favor of it, a person must be permitted to emigrate to other countries and take up residence there.
The fact that he is a citizen of a particular state does not deprive him of membership in the human family…Pacem in Terris, Pope JohnXXIII
…the illegal immigrant comes before us as a stranger within whom Jesus asks to be recognized.
To welcome him and to show him solidarity is a duty of hospitality and fidelity to Christian identity itself. ~ Pope John Paul II ************************************************************************
WELCOMING THE STRANGER~USCCB
Immigration Infusion Training
Prayer Service for Immigrants