4/8/13 – The time to advocate for “humane” comprehensive immigration reform is now. It is likely that later this week the U.S. Senate “Gang of 8″ (4 Democrats and 4 Republicans developing an immigration reform bill) will introduce legislation for comprehensive reform. Across the country, Ignatian family advocates have been calling for reform that:
•Creates a clear pathway to citizenship that is not contingent upon a “secure border”
•Keeps families together
•Enacts the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act
•Respects the rights of workers
•Protects those most vulnerable, especially women and children
This call has included meetings with 55+ U.S. Senators and Representatives, including more than 20% of the U.S. Senate. However, more advocacy is needed to bring these points forward, and ISN is calling for an “IGNATIAN FAMILY IMMIGRATION CALL-IN DAY” on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
Why Wednesday, April 10th?
Your advocacy will support the Jesuit-oriented immigration efforts already scheduled to take place:
1. A group from St. Mary’s Student Parish, a Jesuit parish in Ann Arbor, Michigan will join thousands of other “humane” immigration advocates (likely including other Jesuit institution groups) for a rally in Washington D.C. Learn how St. Mary’s is connected to the immigration issue from Fr. Dan Reim, S.J., associate pastor at the parish.
2. Jesuit Father Sean Carroll, S.J., executive director of the Kino Border Initiative (bi-national Jesuit social ministry on the U.S. Mexico-Border) will give testimony at a special U.S. House Representatives hearing.
You can be a voice of solidarity with Fr. Carroll and the St. Mary’s group!
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Contact your U.S. Representative and both U.S. Senators offices and share this message:
[gn_box title="IMMIGRATION CALL-IN MESSAGE" color="#ff0000"]I am a constituent calling from [your city]. As a member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network (if appropriate also share other institutional ties – ie. student, faculty, graduate, parishioner, etc. of/at [your institution], I am calling to ask [Legislators Name] to support “humane” immigration reform that keeps families together, respects the rights of workers, protects vulnerable women and children, and provides young people with access to higher education. Can you please share this message for “humane” reform with [Legislators Name]?
Don’t know who your legislators are? FIND OUT HERE!
Shaina Aber, is the policy director for the U.S. Jesuit Conference Social and International Ministries Office in Washington, D.C. She offers perspective on the current immigration debate and important points of action for those advocating humane reform.
Jesuit Father Dan Reim, S.J., is an associate pastor at St. Mary’s Student Parish in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fr. Dan speaks Spanish and ministers to the growing Latino Catholic community in the Ann Arbor area.
JESUIT RESOURCES ON IMMIGRATION:
Jesuit Provincial Sign-On Letter on Immigration
A 2010 letter signed by each of the Jesuit provincials (leaders) in the U.S.
Jesuit Social Research Institute
Institute directed by Fred Kammer, S.J., based at Loyola University New Orleans with excellent resources on immigration
Kino Border Initiative
Kino Border Initiative, a Jesuit run social ministry and research center on the US-Mexico border
Justice for Immigrants
Catholic Social Teaching and Migration
Jesuit Social Research Institute
Immigration Myths Busted from LIRS
This link takes you to a chart from Lutheran Immigrant Relief Services (LIRS) hosted by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA works in coalition with this group, and their website provides national and state level immigration resources and campaigns.
Deferred Action FAQ
United We DREAM
Sojourners Immigration Blogs
Border Fact Check
Washington Office on Latin America