'Action Alerts'

We Must Continue to Work to Protect DACA

Posted on 12. Aug, 2017 by .

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As you may know, DACA is currently in jeopardy. Ten anti-immigrant Attorneys General have threatened to sue the Trump Administration if DACA isn’t ended bySeptember 5th. Conversely, on unnamed-2July 20th, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a strong bipartisan legislative solution that would provide DREAMers a path to citizenship.

DACA must stay in place until Congress enacts a clean DREAM Act or broader immigration reform. Rescinding DACA without a legislative solution would be a devastating blow to our nation’s economy and nearly 800,000 DREAMers who live, study and work here. DACA is popular with the public and enjoys the support of employers, educators, community leaders, and elected officials from both parties.

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, Chair of the Migration Committee and Bishop of Austin, Texas, recently expressed support for DACA. We urge members to follow the Bishops’ lead and continue making calls and planning for visits to legislative offices during the August recess in support of our immigrant sisters and brothers. Don’t forget about the toolkits and resources for use from both Justice for Immigrants and the Interfaith Immigration coalition. We also encourage you to sign and share this petition from United We Dream. You are also invited to share the Bishops’ letter with your Senator.

We will continue to work towards our nation’s founding values of hospitality and opportunity for those seeking a better life.

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Iraqi man facing deportation takes sanctuary at local church

Posted on 30. Jul, 2017 by .

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An Albuquerque man who moved here as a refugee from Iraq in 1994 faced deportation and expected to be detained by immigration officers, but took sanctuary from a local church.

Rebecca Kitson, a lawyer for Kadhim Al-bumohammed, said he decided to skip his immigration hearing.

Kitson says Immigration and Customs Enforcement knows where he is. His family can visit him at the church whenever he wants but he can’t leave the premises.

The U.S. government says 1,400 Iraqis are under deportation orders nationwide. Al-bumohammed was convicted on domestic violence charges in the 90’s but came under ICE’s radar when he missed an immigration hearing.

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Reject NAFTA Renegotiation!

Posted on 30. Jul, 2017 by .

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The Trump administration just released its detailed plan to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. It promises to be a disaster for people and the planet. 

This plan makes it clear: Trump intends to use a new NAFTA to further attack our environment and public health. He aims to give Monsanto, DuPont, Chevron, and Conagra even more of what they want. 

Congress can still stop Trump from succeeding. But it’s going to take strong resistance from Senate Democrats — led by Minority Leader Schumer. So we need your help to make it clear to him: He must fight Trump’s NAFTA plan and protect the planet!

Tell Senator Schumer: Reject Trump’s plan for renegotiating NAFTA!

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Urge Congress to pass Trafficking Victims Protection Act

Posted on 23. Jul, 2017 by .

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Our friends at Justice For Immigrants have made us aware of a need for calls to Congress regarding HR 2200. Please take a moment to read the alert below and make a call. Peace and All Good.

Background
H.R. 2200, The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, would reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. The TVPA, the original foundational anti-trafficking legislation in the U.S., was created in 2000 and has been reauthorized four times by overwhelmingly bipartisan votes. H.R. 2200 was introduced by Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ-4) and Representative Karen Bass (D-CA-37) on April 27, 2017.

Supporting H.R. 2200 is an important step the United States can demonstrate to continue our nation’s efforts to eradicate human trafficking and assist human trafficking victims. H.R. 2200 ensures critical funding for both domestic and international anti-trafficking programs. Reauthorizing the TVPA allows programs and services that recognize the importance of dignified care for human trafficking victims to continue assisting human trafficking victims.

As Catholics, we are called to protect the dignity of all human beings, especially the most vulnerable. The USCCB’s Committee on Migration has issued a letter of support for H.R. 2200, but we need your help. Urge your U.S. Representative to pass H.R. 2200 to protect victims of human trafficking by sending the following message:

Take Action by contacting your Representative. Here is a sample script:

Dear Representative,
As a concerned Catholic, I urge you to support H.R. 2200. I firmly believe in the dignity of the human person and this belief calls on me to protect the most vulnerable, including victims of human trafficking. H.R. 2200 is important, as it reauthorizes the TVPA, providing service provisions that will aid victims.

Supporting H.R. 2200 will ensure that our nation’s efforts to eradicate human trafficking and assist human trafficking victims continues.

I thank Congress for its long-standing commitment to confront modern-day slavery. As a Catholic, I stand ready to support victims and appreciate your work to eradicate human trafficking.

What Other Things Can You Do?

Email your Representative here.
Link to JFI’s Trafficking Webinar.
Be an Ethical Consumer

Visit the following websites to learn more about which goods may be products of forced or child labor:

Slavery Footprint: http://slaveryfootprint.org/
U.S. Department of Labor (List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor):https://www.dol.gov/ilab/reports/child-labor/list-of-goods/
U.S. Department of Labor (Sweat & Toil): https://www.dol.gov/dol/apps/ilab.htm
CRS (Ethical Trade): http://ethicaltrade.crs.org/

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Stop Harmful Healthcare Policies!

Posted on 23. Jul, 2017 by .

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Although Senate leadership renamed their healthcare bill the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” they keep making it worse and worse for all but the very wealthy.

Your calls, emails, and advocacy stopped the BCRA the first time, but now the Senate is preparing to vote next week on a revised version of the bill. To appease conservatives, they made the bill even harsher for those on the economic margins.

Once again we have to say it: enough is enough. Email your Senators to tell them to end all consideration of this broken bill.

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