Immigration Working Group

Supporting our dear immigrant neighbors with Advocacy Action for Asylees and Protecting the U.S. Asylum Process

Take action to protect the U.S. Asylum process by submitting a public comment on the Federal proposed rule changes.  Also reach out to your elected officials in Congress.

Other Advocacy Actions for Dreamers/DACA youth:

On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in DACA Recipients’ favor. We joyfully celebrate with all DACA youth who have worked so hard to contribute to this country. Now we turn our attention to Congress for a permanent solution.

Let us use our collective voices to advocate with our U.S. Senators asking them to protect and provide a roadmap to citizenship for DACA youth!  The U.S. House of Representatives already passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, a solution that if the U.S. Senate passed would protect and provide a road to citizenship for immigrant youth, TPS, and DED holders.

Visit the CSSJ Federation website for ways to take action and pray with us!

Continue to contact your elected officials in Congress TODAY asking for their support for DACA youth and to pass clean DREAM Act bi-partisan legislation.

Standing with the Immigrant Community:

There are many ways to get involved, including with the CSJ Immigration Working Group:

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We are grateful to the CSJ Immigration Working Group’s continued advocate to support compassionate immigration policies and laws, along with the many advocacy actions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops support compassionate immigration policies for families.

As COVID-19 continues to upend the lives of thousands of Minnesotans, undocumented immigrants are significantly impacted and struggling. Over 38% of immigrants work in the hardest hit service industries according to the Catholic Health Association. For more information about the impact of COVID-19 on undocumented immigrants and the response by the CSJ Community (especially the Immigration Working Group), read our COVID Immigration article.

Continue to:

  1. Be Persistent and Call your elected officials! Contact Minnesota’s congressional representatives and contact them often. Keep telling them you support Immigrants and Refugees. Contact them EVERY DAY even if they already support this view.  Ask them to support welcoming and compassionate immigrant legislation, and to vote NO on any anti-immigrant legislation.
  2. Be a Voice for Justice! Speak up against laws and policies that negatively impact immigrants and refugees including actions separating families and negatively harming immigrant children. Write a letter to the editor and/or editorial for publication in any newspaper that prints an article about the family separation policy.  Seize every opportunity to have intentional conversations on these issues within your personal circles of family, friends and co-workers.  Be a witness at local vigils showing our support of immigrants and compassionate immigration policies.
  3. Be a Champion! Ask local corporations and companies, as well as the professional associations to which you belong, to stand up in vocal support of the Dream Act and legal protections for immigrant and refugee community members.
  4. Be a Supporter! Donate or volunteer for organizations directly serving and supporting immigrants and refugees, especially those working with the children separated by the government’s “zero tolerance policy.”
  5. Be Persistent! Finally, fatigue is not an option. Distraction is not an option. Now is our time to act. Now it is time to do something!
  6. And Vote!

(Suggestions adapted from John Keller, former executive director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota [ILCM])

In loving solidarity with our dear Refugee and Immigrant Neighbors

We, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates, gathered on November 12 in compassion and solidarity with all our ‘dear neighbors’ without exception.  The CSJ community hosted a November Prayer Vigil outside the Whipple Federal Building near Fort Snelling in St. Paul together with the Social Justice Committee and Choir from Lumen Christi Catholic Community, students from St. Catherine University, and the Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM).  We raised our voices in prayer and song in love and on behalf of our immigrant neighbors, especially anyone facing hearings in the immigration court and migrant families separated by our nation’s broken immigration system.  We prayed for the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. as they hear arguments on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which will decide the fate of the thousands of DACA Youth across our country.  In the words of Pope Francis, we also prayed that our eyes and hearts might be opened to truly see how these divisive issues on immigration are “not just about migrants, it is about all of us.”

The CSJ community continues to pray and actively speak out in support of our immigrant neighbors as seen in some of the following community statements:

  • The leadership of the Sisters released a recent statement supporting Immigrants and Refugees, especially children placed in unsafe detention conditions and other concerning humanitarian crises impacting our immigrant neighbors.  Read the full statement.
  • The CSJ Federation Statement Welcoming and Calling for Humane Treatment of Arriving Migrants. Read the full statement here.

Actions we can take with compassion and solidarity:

– Pray for the U.S. Supreme Court in their hearings on the DACA program.
– Call your Senators and Representative and tell them you want compassionate humanitarian assistance for migrants on the border, especially for the migrant children.
– Consider supporting the critical needs of refugees at our southern border through organizations like Annunciation House.
– Join the CSJ Immigration Working Group Members at an upcoming morning ICOM Prayer Vigil at the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building the second Tuesday of every month.


The CSJ Immigration Working Group:

The Immigration Working Group provides opportunities for education, advocacy and action leading to humane and just immigration reform.

Goals:

  • Self-Education: To increase our understanding of current immigration/refugee issues.
  • Community Education: To offer awareness activities for the broader community on current immigration/refugee issues.
  • Advocacy: Seeking opportunities to advocate for immigrants and refugees.
  • Action: To actively partner with other organizations supporting immigrant and refugee communities by participating in meetings, attending vigils, supporting public actions, and being a recognizable presence at immigration events.

For more information contact Marty Roers at mroers@csjstpaul.org or Ashley Lopez at alopez@csjstpaul.org