As we enter into 2021, maybe this new year provides new opportunities to support our immigrant neighbors. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled to support undocumented youth with the reinstatement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but we also know that this DACA program is only a temporary solution. Let us use our collective voices to advocate with our elected members of Congress asking them to protect and provide a way to citizenship for DACA youth! 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.
We are grateful to the CSJ Immigration Working Group’s and many other allies continued advocacy for compassionate immigration policies, laws and relief 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 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. Be a witness at local vigils showing our support of immigrants and compassionate immigration policies including the monthly Interfaith Coalition on ImMigration (ICOM) on the second Tuesday morning of every month at the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates, hosted a November 12 vigil in compassion and solidarity with all our ‘dear neighbors’ without exception. The Prayer Vigil was held outside the Whipple Federal Building near Fort Snelling 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: