No Federal Legislation Yet. There is still no federal immigration reform law but there are those in our area claiming that they can get the “new process” started. Do not be taken in by “notarios” or other unqualified individuals who cannot help. Make referrals only to qualified attorneys or BIA (Board of Immigration Appeals) representatives. Parish representatives who have attended Archdiocesan Justice and Peace workshops over the last several months have been given information that can be used to help the undocumented prepare for whatever process may emerge. If your parish does not have a representative, one should be appointed to receive accurate information and make it available to your parish.
Advocacy. Pope Francis has repeatedly spoken about the plight of immigrants around the world. http://www.news.va/en/news/popes-message-for-word-day-of-migrants-and-refugee Referring to Holy Father’s message, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, spoke on behalf of all Catholic bishops, and again called upon members of the U.S. House of Representatives to begin consideration of comprehensive immigration reform legislation.http://usccb.org/news/2013/13-174.cfm
Each of us must continue contacting members of the House of Representatives so that they will take action to reform the broken immigration process. Please encourage others to contact members of Congress to support comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship, through the Justice for Immigrants website: http://justiceforimmigrants.org/index.shtml The Justice for Immigrants website also includes links to statements by bishops across the country in support of reform.