Justice for Newcomers
Bishop Pates has requested that Sunday, September 8th be designated as the most opportune moment to highlight Comprehensive Immigration Reform in our parishes and communities. A memorandum with information and materials was sent by Bishop Pates and included the following attachments:
1) The statement of the Bishops of Iowa on Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Bulletin Insert);
2) USCCB Nationwide Bulletin Insert
3) Draft pulpit announcement;
4) Suggestions for homilists, August 4 – September 8, 2013
Four Iowa dioceses issue statement on Immigration Reform. Read here
Check out the Justice for Immigrants website for additional resources, including an electronic postcard to send to your members of Congress.
Postville Immigration Raid: 5 Years Later
Community Education about Supreme Courts Ruling on Arizona Immigration Law
Bishop Pates joined the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in welcoming the decision by President Obama, announced Friday, June 15, to halt deportations of youth who were brought to this country while they were children. Read more.
USCCB new release
On Monday, June 25, upon learning of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Arizona vs United States, Bishop Pates said: "The Supreme Court decision once again has highlighted the urgency and necessity of achieving comprehensive immigration reform through the Congress and supported by the President. Immigration is an issue that pertains to the federal level. Read more.
USCCB news release
About Justice for Newcomers
The Justice for Immigrants campaign works "to unite and mobilize a growing network of Catholic institutions, individuals, and other persons of good faith in support of a broad legalization program and comprehensive immigration reform.” The campaign also strives to address the conditions that compel people to leave their homes including desperation and lack of opportunities. A diverse group of Catholic organizations with national networks support the Bishops' campaign, including Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services. The United States remains a nation of immigrants grounded in the firm belief that newcomers offer new energy, hope and cultural diversity.
In collaboration with other organizations, Catholic Charities advocates for social justice issues relevant to new Iowans (and long-time immigrants and refugees who may still face discrimination) in order to reduce structural barriers to their full participation in their communities. We partner with community members to involve greater numbers of people at the grassroots level in civic life and decision-making processes. Catholic Charities works in partnership with AMOS, ISNET, Human Trafficking Committee, Interfaith Alliance.
Contact: Leslie Van Der Molen
Program Manager, Poverty Reduction Services