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U.S. Bishops' Migration Chair: Keep families together.


A STORY

By James E. Flynn

       And so it came to pass. A ruler in Egypt ordered his top attorney to demand that border guards stop desperate peoples trying to cross into Egypt. The King knew that parents with children were fleeing massacres in their homelands, but Egypt would not accommodate hordes of refugees, with fears that some could be intent on bringing harm to citizens of Egypt. The Egyptian ruler and his attorney seemed to be on a campaign to demonize and criminalize those migrants seeking refuge.

       So the call went out to the border agents to separate children from parents if they tried to cross the border. CLICK HERE TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY


 

Immigration: AUSCP Delegate

Read and Act. Read the latest message from Peter Ruggere MM, study the issues, and take action.

Congress created Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the Immigration Act of 1990 for people who could not return to their countries due to a political or environmental catastrophe. The Trump Administration has been terminating TPS designations for several countries, and recently announced termination dates for Honduras and Nepal. Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) is similar to TPS but it derives from the President's constitutional powers to conduct foreign relations. The President designates DED for nationals of a particular country through an Executive Order or a Presidential Memorandum. As of August 2017, Liberia was the only country with DED designation. On March 27, 2018, the President issued a memorandum, directing the Secretary of Homeland Security to implement a 12-month DED wind-down period. DED for Liberians ends on March 31, 2019. These terminations have impacted thousands of immigrants in our communities. We want to alert you to TPS and DED resources available through the Immigration Advocates Network, our partners and other advocates.

On Immigration Advocates Network:
- A flowchart on "Temporary Protected Status - What do I do now?" by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) at https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/link.cfm?27910

- A report on "Rebuilding from Rubble: Why TPS is Needed for Nepal," by CLINIC at https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/link.cfm?27909

- "Federal Register Notice: End of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberia," at https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/link.cfm?27914

- A "TPS Infographic," by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) at https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/link.cfm?27911

- A "Complaint Alleging Haiti TPS Termination is Unlawful," by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) at https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/link.cfm?27907

On immi.org:

- Updated plain language community education articles in English and Spanish, including an article on TPS, at https://www.immi.org/info/LearningCenter.

Other Resources:

American Immigration Council (AIC)
The AIC offers updates on TPS, including practice advisories, factsheets, and litigation updates at https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/topics/temporary-protected-status

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
CLINIC offers a variety of resources on TPS at https://cliniclegal.org/tps

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
USCIS has a page on TPS with a chart of designations and deadlines at https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status and information on DED at https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status/deferred-enforced-departure


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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, ruggere@aol.com

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 Office@uscatholicpriests.org

NEW: Archbishop Hebda of St. Paul-Minneapolis insists, Catholic Voices belong in the Public Square. He answers the challenging question: “Are we saying that illegal aliens are far more important than 60 million dead babies?” READ HIS COLUMN HERE.

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March 9: A bishop against border fences. CLICK to READ the article HERE from La Croix International

 

 

 Father Bernard Survil, a founding member of the AUSCP from the Diocese of Greensburg, and a long-time activist for immigration and civil rights, stands with Sister Ann McCarthy of the Erie Benedictines, in preparation for the February 27 Catholic Day of Action in support of Dreamers. Both were arrested later that day.

Father Bernard Survil, a founding member of the AUSCP from the Diocese of Greensburg, and a long-time activist for immigration and civil rights, stands with Sister Ann McCarthy of the Erie Benedictines, in preparation for the February 27 Catholic Day of Action in support of Dreamers. Both were arrested later that day.

Father Survil said he was one of 46 people arrested for obstruction of justice, after they refused to leave the rotunda. Following their arrests, guilty pleas and fines, the Catholic activists were released. A report by the National Catholic Reporter described the scene and the reasons for the action. READ IT HERE.

Among the organizing forces of the Day of Action was the PICO Network (People Improving Communities through Organizing). Here is a link to PICO: https://www.facebook.com/PICOnetwork/?hc_ref=ARS39NWxpSRxPDzAKHPxcS7icg_7RDCPnQ0sKCnwNT2c-x8LA29kdKFiCclY70RYqsY

PICO provided a video of the arrests. Father Survil is seen, in a white AUSCP sweatshirt, after the 11-minute mark of the video. https://www.facebook.com/PICOnetwork/?hc_ref=ARS39NWxpSRxPDzAKHPxcS7icg_7RDCPnQ0sKCnwNT2c-x8LA29kdKFiCclY70RYqsY

Jesuit Father Tom Reese was also among the arrested. Here is a link to a report: https://ignatiansolidarity.net/blog/2018/02/28/catholic-leaders-stand-dreamers-us-capitol/

 Sister Maria Lucey, associate director of the Franciscan Action Network, Patrick Carolan, FAN executive director, and Father Bernard Survil, pose before departing a staging area for the Catholic Day of Action.

Sister Maria Lucey, associate director of the Franciscan Action Network, Patrick Carolan, FAN executive director, and Father Bernard Survil, pose before departing a staging area for the Catholic Day of Action.

Catholic News Service provided details February 23, ahead of the planned activity. The CNS article included the AUSCP among Catholic voices. READ the CNS story HERE.

Catholic News Service also reported an update after the Catholic Day of Action, including a quotation from Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, an AUSCP member. READ it HERE.

The action was well covered on social media. Following is a list of websites with stories and information about the Catholic action:

https://www.telemundowashingtondc.com/noticias/local/Arrestan-monjas-y-sacerdotes-en-el-Capitolio_Washington-DC-475337073.html

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/forty-arrested-at-catholic-led-daca-protest-77944#.WpYkMIELJ4c.facebook

https://religionnews.com/2018/02/27/dozens-of-nuns-other-catholics-arrested-advocating-for-immigrants/

https://www.facebook.com/FaithinPublicLife/videos/10155530191178666/

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2018/02/27/catholics-stage-daca-protest-capitol-hill/110907644/

https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/news/catholics-stage-daca-protest-on-capitol-hill/vi-BBJG6HF

https://thinkprogress.org/catholic-leaders-arrested-daca-congress-9ae106b7c8f0/

https://www.rt.com/usa/420044-capitol-nuns-arrested-dreamers-protest/  (Good photo of Bernie)

https://ignatiansolidarity.net/blog/2018/02/28/catholic-leaders-stand-dreamers-us-capitol/

https://www.episcopalcafe.com/sacrament-and-protest-catholic-activists-arrested-speaking-up-for-dreamers/

http://gazette.com/dozens-of-nuns-other-catholics-arrested-advocating-for-immigrants-religion-news-service/article/1621788

https://twitter.com/jackmjenkins/status/968538366219374594

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/02/daca-protesters-arrested-catholics-for-dreamers-capitol/

PREVIOUSLY POSTED

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

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.