Purpose: To inform members about Immigration issues and to support the efforts of the USCCB to promote and advance Comprehensive Immigration Reform through public actions and support of positive initiatives. Pete Ruggere MM is the AUSCP delegate to the USCCB Committee, Justice for Immigrants.
NEW: January 12, 2019: Immigration Crisis? Michael Sean Winters offers a column on religious voices of reason. READ it HERE
NEW: January 10, 2019: AUSCP Assembly keynoter, Sister Norma Pimentel, to meet January 10 with President Trump. READ Christopher White’s report in Crux
NEW: January 7, 2019: Free e-book, “Seeking Refuge,” offered from Global Sisters Report, on work with refugees. LINK to the invitation HERE
NEW: December 19, 2018: Sisters, religious leaders, praise UN migration compact. 181 countries adopted the refugee compact with Hungary and the United States voting against it. The Dominican Republic, Eritrea and Libya abstained. READ the report HERE
NEW: November 6, 2018: Faith leaders call on US to address complicity in causing migrant caravan. READ the NCR article HERE
NEW: November 1, 2018: Catholic leaders call for compassion and dignity for migrant ‘caravan’
America and Crux report on Catholic leaders’ concerns about migrants seeking asylum. Click on the two high-lighted entries to read the complete stories.
Catholics insist, Seeking asylum is not a crime
Immigration Contact: Pete Ruggere MM, firstname.lastname@example.org
AUSCP Liaison: Sister Jacquelyn Doepker, executive secretary, AUSCP, email@example.com, (872) 205-5862, 200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, Ohio 44883
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
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
- Updated plain language community education articles in English and Spanish, including an article on TPS, at https://www.immi.org/info/LearningCenter.
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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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.
AUSCP in Catholic Action for Dreamers
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/
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.rt.com/usa/420044-capitol-nuns-arrested-dreamers-protest/ (Good photo of Bernie)
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
U.S. Bishops' migration chair disappointed about end of Temporary Protection Status, calls for Congressional action. Read the news release HERE
El Paso pastoral letter on migration: SORROW AND MOURNING FLEE AWAY
Catholic Social Teaching: Documents and Links
California Bishops: Ash Wednesday Statement on Immigration
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.