Governmental policy and legislation report No. 20

Do no harm. The Biden administration has proposed regulations under the Affordable Care Act which will interfere with health care services provided by Catholic organizations and other faith based ministries. See the flyer that can share the alert.  Ask the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to act in a way that provides non-discriminatory health care that does infringe religious freedom here.

Bishops have decried transporting immigrants around the country. Governors in Texas and Florida have transported immigrants to other states as a demonstration of their opposition to Administration policies. Catholic bishops have criticized these actions as a violation of human dignity, particularly when immigrants have been lied to and used as pawns for political purposes. Bishops and Catholic people in destination states have reached out with assistance. Read more here and here.

National Migration Week has passed, but there is still time for action. The Church in the United States continues to seek relief for all immigrants and asylum seekers but it puts special emphasis on “Dreamers,” those young people whose parents brought them to the United States as children and still lack status. Registration under the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) has provided temporary protection but congressional action is urgently needed. See the request for action from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Pope Francis continues support for marginalized. From the first days of his papacy, Pope Francis has called on Catholics to not only accept immigrants, refugees and asylees, but to embrace them and allow them to contribute to society.

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