More from bishops’ summit meeting on church’s response to immigration.
Cardinal Michael Czerny, undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, addressed via Zoom an emergency meeting of bishops from the U.S., Central America and Mexico. The cardinal referred to migrants as your “parishioners” whether for a short or long time. Although people cross national borders, they should experience “the uninterrupted or seamless care of Christ” carried out by his followers along the way. The cardinal particularly praised the religious sisters who came from all across the United States to minister to children at the southern border. The bishops were accompanied by the prayers and notes from children in border tent camps. Organizations joining the bishops included a representative of the Catholic Legal Immigration network (CLINIC).
Civic integration. Refugees and immigrants can be successfully integrated into the community. Get help from CLINIC’s Civic Participation curriculum and resources.
How and why to broaden access and naturalization. With the change in national administrations, there are opportunities to consider ways to reform and improve the immigration system. The Center for Migration Studies has published research and conclusions suggesting a reasonable and fair way forward.
What are you doing for World Refugee Day 2021? World Refugee Day is June 20. Justice for Immigrants and USCCB Office of Migration and Refugee Services offers a tool kit with suggestions.
ICYMI – Do you want more? Immigration news and policy modifications are coming from the government daily. Do you want migration more action alerts, weekly reviews, updates on webinars, backgrounders and much more? Go to http://justiceforimmigrants.org, scroll to the bottom of any page and fill out the form. Justice for Immigrants stays on top of changes for you.