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 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 ande 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 Church’s 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 Hope
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.
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.
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