Immigration Working Group

Supporting our dear Immigrant and Refugee Sisters and Brothers

The United States has a long and proud history of welcoming immigrants and sheltering refugees. We, the Sisters of St. Joseph and Consociates, live and work that all may be one — one with God, with one another, and all creation — and welcome the ‘dear neighbor’ without exception. We have been blessed to be able to accompany and serve migrant communities across this country, and we will continue to welcome them as our faith requires.

The CSJ community continues to actively speak out in support of our immigrant sisters and brothers as seen in some of the following reflections and other community statements on Immigration:

  • 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 sisters and brothers.  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:

– Speak out and show your support of migrants and refugees today.
– Pray for all those who are traveling to the United States seeking asylum.
– Call your Senators and Representative and tell them you want humanitarian assistance for migrants on the border, not jail cells and detention centers and deportation.
– Consider supporting the critical needs of refugees at our southern border through organizations like Annunciation House.
–  Join 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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