What More Can I Do? Pope Francis Is Leading the Way. On September 27, 2017, the Holy Father will launch a Caritas-led campaign, “Share the Journey,” which is aimed at increasing support and solidarity for immigrants and refugees. This campaign will be international in scope. In the United States, this effort will be coordinated by Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Service, and several offices at the USCCB. It will focus on a variety of important topics, including the Church’s engagement with immigrants and refugees, Catholic social teaching on migration, and the need to address the root causes that drive migration. The Share the Journey campaign is expected to run for a two-year period. Click here for more information.
Bishops Oppose Recently Introduced RAISE Act. Senator David Perdue of Georgia, supported by President Trump and others, introduced the federal RAISE Act in Congress. The USCCB released a statement against this legislation, explaining, “The RAISE Act would have our nation turn its back on this long tradition of welcoming families setting out to build a better life.” If passed, the bill would replace the current process for obtaining legal permanent residency (green cards), creating a skills-based point system for employment visas. The bill would also eliminate the preference for U.S. residents’ extended and adult family members, while maintaining priority for their spouses and minor children. The bill would slash immigration by 41% in the legislation’s first year, and 50% in its 10th, would cut the number of refugees in half and eliminate a program that provides visas to people from countries with low rates of immigration. Click here for more information on the bill.
ICYMI – DREAM ACT / DACA. In all the discussion about the Administration’s approach to those the government has given DACA registration status, it is important to remember that DACA was always intended as a temporary remedy for young people brought to the United States as children. Legislation is necessary for permanent status. While advocating for comprehensive immigration as a long-range goal, the Dream Act would give immeasurable help to those who were brought to this country as children. Senators Graham and Durbin have introduced federal Dream legislation. Hence, Catholic bishops continue to support the Dream Act.