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Policy Paper: Justice for Immigrants 2005

Policy Paper: Justice for Immigrants 2005

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Justice for Newcomers
A Catholic Call for Solidarity and Reform
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Catholic Charities 2005 Policy Paper

Justice for Newscomers: A Catholic Call for Solidarity and Reform
Justice for Newcomers; A Catholic Call for Solidarity and Reform represents the response of Catholic Charities USA and our members to the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops campaign for immigration reform: Justice for Immigrants: A Journey of Hope. As a national partner in the Bishops’ campaign, Catholic Charities US
Justice for Newcomers
A Catholic Call for Solidarity and Reform
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Catholic Charities 2005 Policy Paper

Justice for Newscomers: A Catholic Call for Solidarity and Reform
Justice for Newcomers; A Catholic Call for Solidarity and Reform represents the response of Catholic Charities USA and our members to the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops campaign for immigration reform: Justice for Immigrants: A Journey of Hope. As a national partner in the Bishops’ campaign, Catholic Charities US

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 Justice forNewcomers
 A Catholic Call forSolidarity and Reform
Catholic Charities 2005 Policy Paper 
 
Justice for Newscomers: A Catholic Call for Solidarity and Reform
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 Justice for Newcomers; A Catholic Call for Solidarity and Reform
represents the response of Catholic CharitiesUSA and our members to the United States CatholicConference of Bishops campaign for immigrationreform: Justice for Immigrants: A Journey of Hope. As a national partner in the Bishops’ campaign,Catholic Charities USA and its members bring theexperiences and challenges that are faced by the im-migrant people that we serve every day. e Bishops”campaign is “designed to unite and mobilize a growing network of Catholic institutions, individuals, and otherpersons of good faith in support of a broad legalizationprogram and comprehensive immigration reform.”e goal of 
 Justice for Newcomers: A Catholic Call for Solidarity and Reform
is to specifically mobilize themembers of Catholic Charities and those we serve.
 About the Bishop’s Campaign:
Justice for Immigrants: A Journey of Hope.The Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform
In June 2004,the United StatesConference of Catholic BishopsCommittee onMigration ande Catholic LegalImmigration Network, INC. (CLINIC) Board of Directors resolved to make comprehensive immigrationreform, with special emphasis on legalization, a majorpublic policy priority within the Church. Many othernational Catholic institutions have also made legaliza-tion a policy priority. As part of the Churchs response, a diverse group of Catholic organizations with national networks havedecided to join the United States Conference of CatholicBishops’
 Justice for Immigrants: A Journey of Hop
cam-paign designed to unite and mobilize a growing network of Catholic institutions, individuals, and other persons of good faith in support of a broad legalization program andcomprehensive immigration reform. Its goal will be tomaximize the Church’s influence on this issue, consistent with the immigration reform principles enunciated in thebishops’ pastoral letter. Additionally, the bishops recognize that the conditionsthat compel people to leave their homes out of despera-tion and lack of opportunities to provide for themselvesand their families, must be addressed if an effective andcomprehensive response to migration is to be achieved.erefore, the Catholic Campaign for ImmigrationReform will work closely with the Catholic Campaignagainst Global Poverty , initiated by the USCCBOffice of International Justice and Peace and CatholicRelief Services. at Campaign aims to reduce poverty through trade, aid and debt reforms. e ImmigrationReform and Global Poverty campaigns are integrally related in that one addresses the rights and needs of mi-grants in the U.S., while the other addresses the rightsand needs of persons living in their native countries.e Campaign aims to reach beyond the networks of the participating national agencies, and to enlist thesupport of Catholic individuals and institutions indioceses throughout the country. Catholic CharitiesUSA is a participating member in this campaign.
Acknowledgments
e development and production of this paper was made possible by theefforts of many individuals. We especially want to recognize the following fortheir efforts:Donald Kerwin, Executive Director of CLINIC, the Catholic LegalImmigration Network, Inc., who authored this document. His knowl-edge and expertise assisted us in reflecting our work, experiences and thepeople we serve.Ouisa Davis, Esq., El Paso, Texas, for her commitment and desire toimprove the lives of so many who are at risk as they cross the border intoour country. We are especially grateful to her for providing us with thefirst hand experience of the people and life along the border.Jim Canavan and the staff of the Creative Services Department of CatholicCharities USA for the design and publishing of this paper and the websitetools.e leadership and staff of our member agencies across the country whoprovide compassionate care to immigrants and who advocate for changeto improve their lives.e United States Catholic Conference of Bishops for their leadership incalling all of us to action through the Justice for Immigrants Campaign: A  Journey of Hope.
1731 King Street Alexandria, Virginia 22314(703) 549-1390 • www.catholiccharitiesusa.org Copyright © 2005 by Catholic Charities USA  All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.
 
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Table of Contents
 Acknowledgments ...................................................................................................................iiExecutive Summary ...............................................................................................................v Background .........................................................................................................................v e Problem ........................................................................................................................v About
 Justice for Newcomers 
: a national policy paper ..........................................................vie Strategy ........................................................................................................................vie Solution .......................................................................................................................viResumen Ejecutivo ...............................................................................................................viiEl Problema .......................................................................................................................viiSobre
 Justicia para los Recien llegados 
: un documento de política nacional ........................viiiLa estrategia ......................................................................................................................viiiLa Solución ......................................................................................................................viii Justice for Newcomers ............................................................................................................1I. Catholic Charities: Who We Are ........................................................................................3II. Catholic Social Teaching on Migrants and Newcomers ....................................................51. Human Dignity, Natural Rights and Responsibilities .....................................................52. e Common Good........................................................................................................73. e Preferential Option for the Poor ...............................................................................74. Solidarity and Justice ......................................................................................................9

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