Principles for Just Immigration Reform
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops supports immigration reform that is comprehensive in nature and that facilitates the following goals:
- Provides a path to citizenship for undocumented persons in our country;
- Preserves family unity as a corner-stone of our national immigration system;
- Provides legal paths for low-skilled immigrant workers to come and work in the United States;
- Restores due process protections to our immigration enforcement policies; assurance that our laws are enforced in ways that recognize the importance the sanctity of the human person, the incomparable value of the family and maintains the integrity of our national borders;
- Addresses the root causes of migration, such as persecution and economic disparity.
Catholic Charities Plan for Assisting with Immigration Relief Applications
Catholic Charities, as the social service arm of the Diocese of Raleigh, provides services for vulnerable people within eastern North Carolina as we believe Christ would have us do. As He stated in Matthew 25, 'Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.' We have a network of staff and partners who respond to legitimate immigration claims of individuals. We assist them to follow the established immigration laws and we help them to submit documents for improving their immigration status or reunifying with their family members. Additionally, Catholic Charities has prepared a plan to help individuals who are eligible for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) status. For more information, click here to go to the Catholic Charities website.
Unaccompanied Minor Crisis
Catholic Relief Services Video: The surge of Central American children and youth arriving in the United States is due to increased violence in the region, which on top of other economic and social push factors, makes taking the dangerous trek north the only source of hope for these children. Catholic Relief Services works with at-risk-youth in Central America to give them the tools they need to thrive in their own communities. Watch the video below.
Billy Atwell speaks to Matthew Burkhart, Advocacy Relationship Manger for the Southeast Region of Catholic Relief Services: Matt speaks in part about the issues causing refuges to flee their home countries.
News on Immigration
National Migration Week
National Migration Week took place January 8-14, 2017, with the theme, “Creating a Culture of Encounter.” Learn more about National Migration Week.
- A nine-week bulletin series entitled Reflections on Human Dignity consists of three- to five-sentence reflections for parish bulletins or parish, diocesan or organization websites. They may be accessed here: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)
- Sign up for semi-regular e-mail updates to those in our diocese who are interested in immigration and comprehensive immigration reform. These e-mails sometimes provide opportunities for participation in advocacy. If you wish to receive these updates, please email Mary Beth Phillips at email@example.com to be added to the list.
- Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Raleigh is able to assist in the completion and submission of various legal documents from application to Naturalization to family unification. The professional staff also provides informational sessions to parish and community groups on immigration rights, responsibilities, and current immigration issues and resources. Visit their website.