Justice for Immigrants

Nov 1st, 2014

Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

“The mission of the Church, herself a pilgrim in the world and the Mother of all, is thus to love Jesus Christ, to adore and love him, particularly in the poorest and most abandoned; among these are certainly migrants and refugees, who are trying to escape difficult living conditions and dangers of every kind.” ~Pope Francis

Stewardship Tip

Family detention of immigrants. You are invited to take action on the message below.

Dear President Obama,

As a Catholic, I am opposed to the use of family detention.  Detaining women and children who are fleeing persecution and violence demeans the God-given human dignity of these vulnerable people.

Many of the women and children confined at new detention facilities in New Mexico and Texas are survivors of domestic and targeted community violence.  These young women and their children have endured trauma and abuse in their home countries in Central America and also have experienced abuse along their migration journey.  They are coming to the United States for protection from violence and have been subsequently detained by our government.

Alternatives to detention, like community-based models and case management, are effective at ensuring compliance with immigration court proceedings.  As a person of faith and a voter, I urge you to oppose any expansion to the family detention system and to begin implementing community-based alternatives to detention.

For assistance in sending this letter to the President and to your U.S. Senators and Representative, go to http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org.
(Justice for Immigrants is the voice of the USCCB/United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on immigration)

Peace & Justice Committee