Immigration: AUSCP Delegate

Purpose: To inform members about Immigration issues and to support the efforts of the USCCB to promote and advance Comprehensive Immigration Reform thru public actions and support of positive initiatives.  

Pete Ruggere MM has become the AUSCP delegate to the USCCB Committee, Justice for Immigrants. Email bulletins and Action Alerts on immigration reform have been sent to AUSCP membership.

Contact: Pete Ruggere MM,

AUSCP Liaison: Sister Jackie Doepker

Members: John Cahill, Mike Gillgannon, Clyde Foster, Frank Fried, Dennis Martin, Paul Merry, Mark Miller, Vince Pastro, Gene Pocernich, Robert Richter, Don Ries, Joe Romano, Peter Ruggere (Co-chair), Jim Scheick, Jim Schexnayder, Jack Schuler, Tom Shea, Jeff Stephan, Bernie Survil, Raymond Tetrault, James Wall, John Wandless

For further information or to offer your thoughts, please contact AUSCP through

NEW: February 2: U.S. Bishops offer mixed response to Trump immigration plan. READ the USCCB News Release HERE

NEW January 2018: Please use the linked document when attending DACA and Dreamer meetings. READ Dreamers Legislative Solution Elements Backgrounder

RECENT: Catholic leaders respond to president's harsh, vulgar words about immigrants, from America Magazine

U.S. Bishops' migration chair disappointed about end of Temporary Protection Status, calls for Congressional action. Read the news release HERE

Read the U.S. Bishops' Chair issues statement on Congressional Action Needed to Protect Dreamers: CLICK HERE


El Paso pastoral letter on migration: SORROW AND MOURNING FLEE AWAY

El Paso pastoral letter on migration: SORROW AND MOURNING FLEE AWAY

USCCB: Justice for Immigrants (JFI Home Page)

Catholic Social Teaching: Documents and Links

California Bishops: Ash Wednesday Statement on Immigration

From NCR: Bishop McElroy calls all to be 'disruptors' and 'rebuilders'

From America: "Why my priesthood calls me to resist immigration injustice"

From Tex-Mex Bishops: The 'Cry of Christ' moves us

Little Rock Bishop Taylor: I was a stranger

Owensboro Bishop: 'What you did not do . . . '

From the Working Group:
Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act

The BRIDGE Act offers a temporary bipartisan legislative solution to protect DACA youth. The BRIDGE Act is a legislative effort which would protect DACA youth by providing them with temporary relief from deportation for up to three years. It is intended to serve as a stop-gap measure while Congress seeks a permanent solution to reform our broken immigration system.

DACA youth enrich America, and they should be allowed to continue to reach their full professional potential. There are more than 740,000 young people who have benefitted from DACA. They are contributors to our economy, academic standouts in our universities, veterans of our military, and leaders in our parishes. The BRIDGE Act is a bipartisan measure that aims to ensure that DACA youth are able to finish their education and continue to contribute to our nation and communities.

We have a moral obligation to shield DACA youth from deportation and keep their families together. As Catholics, we believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, especially that of our children. The Catholic Bishops have long supported DACA youth and their families. These young people entered the U.S. as children and know America as their only home. They complied with our government in good faith - coming forward and providing personal information, submitting to a background check, and paying a fee. The BRIDGE Act would help to protect DACA youth from deportation and prevent devastating family separation.

The BRIDGE Act makes financial sense. Ending work authorization for DACA recipients could cause businesses and employers to incur unnecessary turnover costs of $3.4 billion and could cause far-reaching unemployment, leading to the immediate job loss of 645,145 DACA recipients currently employed by businesses in the United States. Additionally, ending DACA could reduce Social Security and Medicare tax contributions by DACA employees and employers by $24.6 billion over a decade, weakening the Social Security and Medicare trust funds.