Church Response to U.S. Immigration Policy

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From Pope Francis to national Bishops to local church leaders, Catholics around the globe are responding to the current actions of our government regarding immigrants and asylum seekers to the United States.  The Church’s teaching has been consistent, as Cardinal Sean O’Malley preached in 2014:  ” Immigration laws, to be just, have to protect human rights and human life and not undermine them.  We acknowledge and support the role of our government to enforce our laws; the rule of law must prevail.  But our laws must change if the violate God-given rights and undermine the Common Good.”

Read Pope Francis’ comments regarding the separation of families at the border – here

From Catholic Charities in Cleveland:  Five Ways To Help Stop Family Separation
1. Pray: You can find a prayer for migrant children here.
2. Speak Up: Sign our Action Alert and share with your networks. Also consider contacting your senators and representative directly by phone to voice your concern. You can find the number for your representative here and your senators here.
3. Take Action: Contact your Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland to learn about their material/volunteer needs, consider fostering an unaccompanied child, or join the Share the Journey global solidarity campaign with migrants and refugees.
4. Give: To support the local Migration and Refugee Services that are helping families and children impacted by the crisis.
5. Learn More: To learn more about Family Separation, visit the Justice For Immigrants (JFI) “Family Separation Webpage” to review backgrounders, educational material and a webinar.

Read Bishop Perez’s statement regarding the recent action in Erie County – here

Take action at this website.

“Securing our borders does not and should not come at the expense of our humanity.”

Sr. Donna Markham OP, PhD

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