Archive for October, 2017

Illegal immigration into California drops as border crossings shift to Texas

Posted on 20. Oct, 2017 by .

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Undocumented immigrants are shunning California in favor of Texas, with the Lone Star State’s undocumented population growing nearly five times as fast as California’s, new federal data show.

About 2.9 million undocumented immigrants lived in California during 2014, according to new estimates from the Department of Homeland Security.

The undocumented population in California grew steadily from 2000 to 2008, dropped sharply during the 2007 recession, rose again and remained essentially flat from 2011 to 2014.

Overall, California’s unauthorized immigrant population grew by 16 percent from 2000 through 2014.

The undocumented population in Texas, by comparison, grew by 75 percent from 2000 through 2014. Texas was home to about 1.9 million undocumented residents in 2014.

 A few factors explain the trend. The federal government beefed up enforcement near San Diego during a controversial, mid-1990s program called Operation Gatekeeper. The operation, along with the high cost of living in much of California, pushed illegal immigration to weaker points east along the border. In 2015, the Border Patrol apprehended almost six times as many immigrants at the Texas border as they did at the California border.
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Catholic Climate Covenant Toolkit

Posted on 20. Oct, 2017 by .

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Catholic Climate Covenant has provided us with a tool that only takes ten minutes, and can help us better take care of our Earth:

Take a few minutes to calculate your carbon footprint. This will give you a good understanding of your individual/family ecological impact. Then, you may wish to consider buying carbon offsets, especially to offset air travel.  There are many sites where you can purchase carbon offsets to reduce your carbon footprint.  A couple of sites are here and here.

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Ecological Examen

Posted on 20. Oct, 2017 by .

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The Ignatian Solidarity Network and the Jesuit Conference produced an Ecological Examen as a tool for prayer, reflection and action for individuals in their home, parish, school, university or community to deepen our call to care for creation and the most vulnerable. Go to link above to download or order prayer cards, and one-pager, booklet. The Ecological Examen makes a wonderful reflection piece for Creation Care Team (CCT) meetings. Below is an example of one of the Ecological Examens. (Go to website for best quality graphic)

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Court Rules on Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted on 20. Oct, 2017 by .

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A federal judge ruled that the Dakota Access Pipeline can continue operating while we wait for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete its environmental review.

It’s been over a year since we first filed our lawsuit against the Corps and asked it to simply acknowledge and address the threat this pipeline poses to the people of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Although the Court has agreed with us that the Corps violated key environmental laws, the threat from the pipeline persists.

The pipeline has already experienced three separate leaks since President Trump directed the Corps to move forward with the project despite widespread opposition. A major spill or a slow leak in the Missouri would be a catastrophe for the people of Standing Rock and the millions of others that rely on the river.

This decision is a disappointing continuation of a historic pattern: other people take all the profits while tribes face all the risk and harm. The court already found that the Corps violated the law when it issued the permits for the pipeline without thoroughly considering the impact on the people of Standing Rock. The company should not be allowed to continue operating the pipeline while the Corps studies that threat.

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Take Action for Tax Justice!

Posted on 13. Oct, 2017 by .

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Trump’s tax plan is out and it’s as bad as expected: tax cuts for millionaires and wealthy corporations, far less money for crucial public programs, and little to offer working class families.

We need to act now: the Senate Finance Committee is scheduling a vote on the 2018 budget this week and Senate Republicans are hoping to push their tax plan through via budget reconciliation. That means they only need fifty votes—and no Democrats—to pass it.

We already defeated Trump and the Republicans when they came for our health care. We can do it again. Join us today in demanding that members of Congress reject massive tax breaks for the wealthy and protect the vital public programs that serve the rest of us.

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