Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update 9

House of Representatives.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops asks that we use the August congressional recess time to publicly advocate for immigration reform and there are homily helps, draft bulletin inserts, and updated background papers on key issues at the Justice for Immigrants website.

While Catholic bishops continue to advocate for the comprehensive immigration reform, they also work for passage of important parts of the reform, especially those sections related to children and youth. During the past week, Archbishop Jose Gomez, archbishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, speaking on behalf of the bishops of the United States, offered testimony supporting legislation that would allow a faster and more efficient path to citizenship for young people brought to the United States as children.

Archdiocesan Immigration Reform Implementation Task Force. The Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Ministry will offer a program on “Immigration Reform: The Call to Participation” at St. Andrew’s Church on September 14 to present an authentically Catholic approach to immigration reform. In addition, a video and handouts from the Task Force’s June 19 presentation are still available on the Georgia Catholic Conference website:

Please take time to contact members of the House of Representatives and ask for support for comprehensive immigration reform. They may be most effectively contacted through the USCCB Justice for Immigrants website at

The website helps identify the correct representative for each individual depending on voting residence.

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