Immigration Working Group

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.

Current Activities Advocating on Behalf of Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers

The CSJ Immigration Working Group continues to support the local efforts of TASHO.  TASHO is a new organization starting in Minneapolis which is focused on reaching out to young immigrants and children of immigrants to help them create a path towards success.  TASHO is developing after-school tutoring programs for 5th through 12th graders in English, math, science, and general homework.  The Immigration Task Group Members have been collaborating with TASHO to recruit volunteers to tutor students after school on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Recently Task Group members together with three TASHO volunteers attended a volunteer recruitment fair at St. Thomas University.  Learn more about this great tutoring opportunity or talk with one of the Immigration Task Group members.


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.

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