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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.