House of Representatives. While the House of Representatives has returned from its July 4 recess, whatever progress is being made on a House immigration reform package is occurring in press statements of various members or out of sight meetings and negotiations. By most reports, the Republican majority in the House is divided in its desires with the expectation that House Republicans will seek increased penalties for the undocumented and greater tax expenditures on southern border security with minimal, if any, support for legalization. The Church continues to support the vital need for a legalization process.
Archdiocesan Immigration Reform Implementation Task Force will offer an information conference on Friday, July 19, for pastors and their representatives who will be responsible for coordinating immigration activities at the parish level. Bishop Zarama, chairman of the task force, said: “I cannot emphasize enough the importance of attending this upcoming presentation on Immigration Reform Implementation for pastors and their appointed immigration ministry representatives. We must start preparing now for how each parish will answer the call to support our immigrant brothers and sisters on their journeys to documented status.”
Archdiocesan Comprehensive Immigration Reform E-mail/Postcard Campaign remains an important part our advocacy by encouraging parishioners to contact members of Congress by email or postcards. See the memo from the Office of Justice and Peace Ministries in the June 17 Communique for details.
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: http://www.capwiz.com/justiceforimmigrants/issues/alert/?alertid=62312721&type=CO
The website helps identify the correct representative for each individual depending on voting residence.
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