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At this critical timewe cannot forget about our most vulnerable neighbors!  We encourage you to contact your state legislators and the MN Congressional delegation to urge them to include critical services and emergency funding for ALL our most vulnerable Minnesotans, including our undocumented dear neighbors and people experiencing homelessness as a part of the State’s COVID-19 emergency response package. This funding will help keep our entire community safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Critical Issue: Our immigrant neighbors are struggling to access healthcare, resources, and to stay safe during the global spread of COVID-19.


  1. Ensuring that ALL people, regardless of immigration status, have access to medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Ensuring that ALL people, especially immigrant children regardless of immigration status, can remain healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.



From United We Dream:
“As the coronavirus continues to spread and cause harm, undocumented families face harsh risks as they seek to care for their loved ones and seek access to health care. Currently, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continue to target undocumented people in our community… But now is the time for unity and protection for all our people, regardless of immigration status. We join together to reject xenophobia and racism, which only worsen the effects of the pandemic and put immigrants at harm. Together, we demand that this administration and government at all levels respond swiftly and universally to protect and support everyone, including undocumented immigrants.”

This Advocacy Action Alert propose the following two actions:
United We Dream petition to President Trump, demanding the following actions:

  • Suspend ALL immigration enforcement activities and operations.
  • Provide Free COVID-19 testing, treatment, and services for ALL, regardless of immigration status.
  • Guarantee safe conditions and provide healthcare, testing and support to protect those in detention and prisons.

Sign the petition here.

The Action Network  petition below:

Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) – a group within the Department of Health & Human Services – holds some 3,600 unaccompanied immigrant children in largely for-profit shelters.  CBSNews confirmed on March 26th that 3 children at an Immigrant ORR shelter in NY have been confirmed COVID-19 positive. Time is of the essence in demanding the release of these kids from detention. Please sign and share widely with your networks. Thank you!

Addition Actions:

The CSJ Justice Office encourages the following advocacy actions: 

We encourage you to contact your legislators, especially your state lawmakers, to urge them to include critical services and emergency funding for people experiencing homelessness as a part of the State’s COVID-19 emergency response package. This funding will help keep our emergency shelter system statewide from being overwhelmed by the added pressure of COVID-19.

Past Actions

Thank you for ALL your recent advocacy efforts:

1. Restoring the vote for those convicted of a felony who are now living in the community

Thank you for support and advocacy for House File 40/Senate File 856 to allow those with felony convictions to vote from MN Second Chance Coalition (and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates’ Justice Commission).

With over 53,000 Minnesotans who have been convicted of a felony and who are unable to vote while on parole/supervision, restoring the vote assists in reintegrating into society by providing opportunities to be involved in their communities.

2. Anti-Human Trafficking postcard signing

Thank you for everyone that sent postcards to Sysco Corporation as a part of the Nationwide Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking throughout the Lenten Season.

3. Stop Rule to Bar Immigrant Medicaid and SNAP Users from Legal Residency Status  

Thank you for everyone that submitted a public comment with Department of Homeland Security in opposition to this proposed rule in December of 2018.

4. Continue Advocacy 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. There are many ways to get involved including with the CSJ Immigration Task Group.

We are grateful to the CSJ Immigration Task Group’s continued advocate to support compassionate immigration policies and laws. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops support compassionate immigration policies for families. The U.S. Catholic Bishops have “urge courts and policy makers to respect and enhance, not erode, the potential of our asylum system to preserve and protect the right to life.”  And condemn the irreparable harm and trauma to young children, because “Families are the foundational element of our society and they must be able to stay together. While protecting our borders is important, we can and must do better as a government, and as a society, to find other ways to ensure that safety. Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral.”

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])


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