Call to Protect Dreamers from Migration & Refugee Services
We need your help showing support for Dreamers and encouraging our lawmakers to protect Dreamers! Mobilize in March to visit your Senators and ask them to protect Dreamers.
On November 12, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments on the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and is expected to issue a ruling on the legality of the DACA program in late April-June.
The Catholic Bishops continue to express their support for Dreamers and sent letters to the House and Senate supporting legislation to protect these young people from deportation and family separation. At the 2020 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) in January, the DREAM Act was the migration legislative ask that hundreds of event participants advocated for in meetings with lawmakers during the CSMG Advocacy Day. Many thanks to those of you who met with lawmakers last month and asked them to support the DREAM Act and protect Dreamers.
As the SCOTUS DACA decision date approaches, we ask you to continue to voice your support for Dreamers with your Senators in local meetings during the Congressional recess next month, which is March 16-20, 2020.
- Use the talking points that CSMG attendees used in their Hill meetings and leave behind the DACA backgrounder in your own meetings.
Need help on how to set up a meeting? Click on this link for “How to Set Up an In-District Meeting with your Lawmaker.“
Join JRS for our 2020 Advocacy Day in DC
Join Jesuit Refugee Service/USA for our 2020 Advocacy Day: Thursday, April 2, 2020, 8:30am – 4:00pm in Washington, DC.
The Administration released its budget request for Fiscal Year 2021, which includes a 22 percent cut in funding for foreign assistance programs, directly impacting including programs that help directly impact refugees around the world. These cuts could have a devastating impact on the lives of forcibly displaced people, and JRS/USA has voiced opposition to this retreat in U.S. leadership.
And, YOU, can help us! On April 2, join JRS/USA on Capitol Hill for our annual Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. You can help give refugees a voice and tell your legislators about the importance of humanitarian assistance programs for refugees.
For example, in South Africa, JRS is providing community-based health services to chronically and terminally ill refugees and asylum seekers who otherwise lack access to any kind of assistance as they navigate severe health challenges. With support from the State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration we’re able to provide life-saving assistance and help improve their quality of life.
Refugee Resettlement Action Alert from Jesuit Refugee Service
Please contact your representatives on Capitol Hill by clicking here.
As Christians, we are connected to those on the margins. This includes the immigrants and refugees in our midst. Recent news reports have indicated that the annual Presidential Determination (PD) for Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2020 will be 18,000. This is the third reduction in three years and the lowest number of refugees to be resettled in the U.S. since the modern resettlement program began in 1980. We must oppose these barriers to allowing those fleeing violence and trauma to find security and hope.
Let your policymakers know that you oppose these efforts to limit the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. and that you support greater U.S. involvement in refugee protection efforts.
DACA Action Alert from Ignatian Solidarity Network
Earlier this year, the House of Representatives successfully passed the Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), which aimed to provide DACA recipients, TPS holders, and DED holders a pathway to citizenship. We now ask you to contact your senators and ask them to follow the example of their colleagues in the House and bring the Dream Act of 2019 (S.874) to the floor for a vote. Take action here.
There are 800,000 current DACA recipients living in the United States. DACA recipients who graduated from Jesuit universities are currently working as EMTs, teachers, attorneys, and more. For many, the United States is the only home they have ever known and to suddenly uproot them would be detrimental to both them and our nation. On November 12th, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. With the outcome of the Supreme Court debate uncertain, now more than ever is the time for Congress to pass a legislative solution to provide permanent security for the DACA recipients.
This bill, which has bipartisan support, will provide much-needed protection and stability for the young, productive, and undocumented members of our society. Join us in calling on the U.S. Senate to bring to the floor for debate and pass a clean Dream Act of 2019.
Virtual Teach-In on Migration
Saturday, March 2, 2019
12:15pm ET-3:30 PM ET
9:15am PT-12:30 PM PT
Virtually join the Ignatian family across the U.S. for dynamic speakers, prayer, virtual networking, and shared reflection opportunities as we explore the realities of migration—both on the border and in communities across the country.
Who is it for? The virtual Teach-In is geared toward both individuals and groups; schools, parishes, and community groups are encouraged to invite local institutions to join them for a virtual Teach-In watch party to promote greater networking and reflection opportunities.
The Crisis of Immigrant Families Being Separated at the US/Mexico Border
Light in the Darkness: Vigil for Immigrant Families.
Let us stand in spiritual solidarity with our brothers and sisters separated at our southern border, across continents by forced migration or torn apart by deportation. Let us keep a candle in our homes perpetually burning as we continue to pray for the reunification of families.
What You Can Do Right Now to Help Immigrant Families Separated at the Border
We’ve been hit with this question from our parishioners – “What on earth can we do to try help the families that have been separated?…and what can we do to protest in order to stop this atrocity?”
We came across the following article in The Cut magazine To find out how the general public can fight this horrific policy. The Cut reached out to various organizations that advocate for immigrants’ rights. The attached article with links will direct you on how to volunteer, donate, contact representatives, and protest. Have at it!
Protect Immigrant Children & Families
Since October 2017, over 700 children have been separated from their parents and rendered “unaccompanied,” including over 100 children under the age of four. On May 4, 2018, DHS stated that it will refer all individuals who cross the border without authorization for criminal prosecution, including adult members of family units. If implemented, this policy will undoubtedly lead to a drastic increase in incidences of family separation.
As people of faith we are called to stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters, to stand for families, to stand for the inherent dignity of all people. Join us in taking action!
LIVE Video Conversation on Family Separation
This Thursday, June 21st, at 3:30 PM ET (2:30 PM CT / 1:30 PM MT / 12:30 PM PT) Ignatian Solidarity Network will host a live video conversation with Joanna Williams at the Kino Border Initiative and Dylan Corbett at Hope Border Institute regarding family separation. It will be broadcast live via Facebook Live at: https://www.facebook.com/IgnatianSolidarity/ and available via recording afterward.
Networking Call on Family Separation
The following Monday, June 25th at 2 PM ET (1 PM CT / 12 PM MT / 11 AM PT ) we will host an Ignatian “Networking” Call on Family Separation” to share ways that people can respond and discuss what we can uniquely do as an Ignatian network to respond. Those who are interested can RSVP here: http://igsol.net/180625-family-separation
Justice for Immigrants Resources on Family Separation
Please visit the Justice for Immigrants site to find resources on Family Separation. Learn about the policy and what you can do to help stop Family Separation whether you are a parishioner, an advocate or a social worker.
Areas That Always Need Action
Temporary Protected Status
The United States is currently home to over 300,000 immigrants from 10 countries who receive Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS has given these individuals the opportunity to rebuild their lives in the U.S. when conditions in their countries of origin, such as natural disasters or armed conflict, prevent their return.
A vital part of Jesuit Refugee Service’s mission is to defend the rights of refugees and migrants throughout the world. JRS advocates for just and generous policies and programs for the benefit of victims of forced displacement, so people made vulnerable by exile can receive support and protection, and so a durable solution to their plight can be achieved.
JRS/USA works with an international network of JRS programs in more than 45 countries, and with other human rights and refugee assistance organizations to tell the story of the “forgotten” refugee. By bringing field-based accounts of needs that too often do not make the headlines to the attention of policy makers in the United States, and by proposing specific actions to meet these needs, JRS advocacy seeks to make a direct and lifesaving impact on the well-being of refugees and forced migrants.
Stand in Support of Dreamers
The Dream Act of 2017 (S 1615 / HR 3440) was introduced in Congress as a bipartisan effort earlier this year. It is intended to protect immigrant youth who entered the United States as children and know America as their only home. The bill offers qualifying immigrant youth “conditional permanent resident status” and a path to full lawful permanent residency and eventual citizenship. This bill would protect numerous youth, including the estimated 780,000 individuals who received temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility through the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.