Current United States Policy

The 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

  • Create a process for undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship;
  • Keep families together;
  • Enact the Development, Relief & Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act;
  • Respect the rights of workers;
  • Protect those most vulnerable, especially women and children.

Breaking Down the Executive Action

The President’s Executive Action will:

  • Allow undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who’ve resided in the country for at least five years to temporarily remain in the country. The measure requires parents to pay taxes, pass a background check, and reapply for status every 3 years;
  • Expand the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program;
  • Expand work authorization for high-skilled workers;
  • Modify federal immigrant detention procedures;
  • Increase security at the border.

[Source: The White House]

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Nogales Border Posada

Posted on Dec 18th, 2014 - By Guest Blogger - 0 Comments

This article was originally written for the newspaper of the Tucson Diocese The Posada Procession in Nogales on December 13th was kissed with a…

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Loyola University Chicago Student Government Supports Undocumented Students

Posted on Dec 11th, 2014 - By Christopher Kerr - 0 Comments

Earlier this year Loyola University Chicago's Student Government and Latin American Student Organization teamed up to pitch administrators with the…

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I’m Advocating for the Future of all our DREAMers

Posted on Nov 24th, 2014 - By Paul Quiñonez - 0 Comments

Imagine having to leave behind everyone you know and love to move to a foreign country, a country which you didn’t even fully comprehend existed, a…

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A Loud Silence: Finding Community at the Vigil for Children Fleeing Violence

Posted on Nov 24th, 2014 - By Hopey Fink - 0 Comments

The sun has set behind the corporate offices of Washington, DC’s lobbying district, the buildings to our right empty after a long Monday and the…

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Political Polarization and the Dignity of Man

Posted on Nov 24th, 2014 - By Nick Sawicki - 0 Comments

In Ray Bradbury’s collection of novellas, Now and Forever: Somewhere a Band is Playing & Leviathan ‘99, the question as to what is nature is…

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U.S. Jesuits Join Catholic Bishops in Welcoming Obama Administration’s Plan to Provide Immigration Relief

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 2 Comments

WASHINGTON D.C. - In a statement released on November 21, 2014, the U.S. Jesuit Conference, Jesuit Refugee Service USA and Kino Border Initiative,…

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Brophy College Preparatory Supports Undocumented in Phoenix Area

Posted on Dec 16th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 0 Comments

PHOENIX, AZ - Brophy College Preparatory, a Jesuit high school located in Phoenix, is showing its support for immigrants in the area who will be…

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U.S. Jesuits Join Catholic Bishops in Welcoming Obama Administration’s Plan to Provide Immigration Relief

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 2 Comments

WASHINGTON D.C. - In a statement released on November 21, 2014, the U.S. Jesuit Conference, Jesuit Refugee Service USA and Kino Border Initiative,…

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Saint Peter’s University Opens Center for Undocumented Students

Posted on Nov 10th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 2 Comments

11.10.14 – Saint Peter’s University announced today the opening of The Center for Undocumented Students (TCUS). The mission of TCUS is to…

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Jesuit University Presidents Join Letter in Support of Unaccompanied Children

Posted on Nov 5th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 0 Comments

Earlier this month eight Jesuit university and college presidents joined a forty-seven other Catholic higher education leaders in showing their…

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Compassion: Jesuit Conference Joins Call on Unaccompanied Children

Posted on Oct 22nd, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 0 Comments

WASHINGTON DC - The U.S. Jesuit Conference joined approximately 50 other faith-based and immigrant rights NGO's in calling on the Senate…

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Boston College Develops Immigrant Rights & Language Skill Toolkit

Posted on Oct 7th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 0 Comments

BOSTON, MA - The Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice in partnership with community partners has developed a toolkit…

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Loyola New Orleans Student Interpreters Help Attorneys Aid Child Migrants

Posted on Oct 6th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 1 Comment

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Student interpreters at Loyola University New Orleans are lending their skills to help local lawyers and other immigration…

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Faith Groups call on President to address rights violations of current immigration system

Posted on Oct 1st, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 0 Comments

WASHINGTON D.C. — Earlier this week twenty-four national faith-based organizations, including the Ignatian Solidarity Network sent a letter to…

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Religious Leaders To Obama: Do Not Compromise Rights of Unaccompanied Children

Posted on Sep 5th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 0 Comments

Earlier this week forty national religious leaders have delivered a succinct, one-sentence message to President Barack Obama urging him not to…

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Jesuit Organizations Release Toolkit on Advocacy for Rights of Unaccompanied Children from Central America

Posted on Aug 10th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 0 Comments

The U.S. Jesuit Conference, Jesuit Refugee Service USA and the Ignatian Solidarity Network have released a “Toolkit for Advocating for the Rights…

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ACTION ALERT: Justice for Immigrants Campaign Initiates Call-In Days to White House on Immigrant Deportation

Posted on Nov 5th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 0 Comments

WASHINGTON DC - Wednesday, November 5, 2014, will be the start of the November Justice for Immigrants National Call-In Days to the White House. The…

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Justice for Immigrants Calls for Action to Protect Vulnerable Unaccompanied Children and Restore Critical Funding for Refugees and Other Vulnerable Populations

Posted on Jul 18th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 0 Comments

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Justice for Immigrants Campaign has issued the following Action Alert on Friday, July 18, 2014: Immediate…

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ACTION ALERT: Preserve the Rights of Unaccompanied Children Seeking Safety Within Our Borders

Posted on Jul 8th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 1 Comment

The Ignatian Solidarity Network joins the U.S. Jesuit Conference and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA in asking you to stand with us as we seek to…

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ACTION ALERT: Humane Immigration Reform

Posted on Feb 20th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 0 Comments

  Did you know 65,000 undocumented students would benefit from the DREAM Act each year helping to build our community and economy?  How…

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Resources
Multimedia

VIDEO: President Obama’s Address to Nation on Immigration (The White House, 11.24.14)

VIDEO:Peña Nieto on the U.S. immaigration debate (CNN- 10.3.14)

Deported: A View from the Other Side (Jon Huckins, Sojourners, 7.23.14)

My DREAM (Maria Ibarra Frayre, Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, 11.15.13)

Detainees Fear Deportation to Mexico (CNN, 3.30.12)

Quick Look At Common Immigration Myths  (FWD)