Current US Policy

mexican_border_signThe Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA), the body of law governing current immigration policy, provides for an annual worldwide limit of 675,000 permanent immigrants, with certain exceptions for close family members.  Congress and the President determine a separate number for refugee admissions.  Historically, admittance of immigrants to the United States has been based upon three principles: the reunification of families, admitting immigrants with skills that are valuable to the U.S. economy, and protecting refugees. [Source: Immigration Policy Center]

ISN’s Immigration Platform

Catholic Social Teaching tells us that it is our “duty to welcome the foreigner out of charity and respect for the dignity and rights of the human person” (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops). The lgnatian Solidarity Network continues to call on Congress to take immediate action to introduce and pass legislation that promotes humane comprehensive immigration reform. We stand with the United States Catholic Bishops and the U.S. Jesuit Provincials in asking for immigration policies that:

  • A process for undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship;
  • Keeps many families together;
  • Enacts the Development, Relief & Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act;
  • Respects the rights of workers;
  • Protects those most vulnerable especially women and children

ISN Immigration Posts

Immigration in the Media

Immigration Stories

10,000 Strong for Immigration Reform!

On Monday, November 18th, over 800 advocates will gather at the U.S. Capitol for Ignatian Family Advocacy Day in conjunction with the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice.  Among many things, they will call for HUMANE IMMIGRATION REFORM.

We are inviting the entire Ignatian Family to join in solidarity with these advocates by taking part in “10,000 Strong for Humane Immigration Reform.”   We have printed 10,000 more “Humane Immigration Reform” postcards – the same ones used during the “Fall Call.”  Your community can sign postcards to be brought to the halls of Congress on November 18th.

For those coming to the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, you can just bring your signed postcards from your community with you; and for those who are not able to come to the Teach-In we will provide a location and deadline for you to get your cards to Washington DC in time for the advocacy day.


Unless you are one of the first Americans, unless you are a Native American, you came from someplace else. That’s why we’ve always defined ourselves as a nation of immigrants. And we’ve always been better off for it. —President Obama