Current US 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.

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ISN joins Jesuit Organizations in Supporting the Protecting Family Values at the Border Act

Posted on Sep 19th, 2013 - By ISN Staff - 0 Comments

September 19, 2013 - ADVOCACY ACTION ALERT The Ignatian Solidarity Network has joined Jesuit Conference, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, and the Kino…

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IMMIGRATION ACTION ALERT – Tell Congress to Protect Migrant Families – 1/27/14

Posted on Jan 27th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 0 Comments

From the U.S. Jesuit Conference Social & International Ministries Office Please take a moment today to urge the Administration and Congress 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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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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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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Committed to Doing Justice: It’s All About Love

Posted on Sep 7th, 2014 - By Guest Blogger - 0 Comments

written by: Katie Murphy, Faculty Member, Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC) We see the graduate at graduation profile everywhere…

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Gabby Garcia Cruz

Life without DACA would signify a flashback to the past

Posted on Aug 19th, 2014 - By Guest Blogger - 0 Comments

The following is a part of a series of reflections by Jesuit university students and graduates who have received temporary immigration status…

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Loyola University Chicago Medical Students Show Support for DREAMER Peers

Posted on Aug 14th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 1 Comment

Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine recently welcomed their Class of 2018, including seven “DREAMers."  The milestone came…

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DACA Gave Me a Little Bit of Faith in Humanity

Posted on Aug 11th, 2014 - By Guest Blogger - 1 Comment

The following is a part of a series of reflections by Jesuit university graduates who have received temporary immigration status through Deferred…

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Jesuit University Leaders Support Humane Immigration Reform

Posted on Dec 13th, 2013 - By Christopher Kerr - 4 Comments

"Imagine growing up with your classmates from elementary school through high school with the dream of one day going to college, only to discover that…

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National Migration Week

Out of the Darkness: USCCB National Migration Week

Posted on Jan 4th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 0 Comments

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' "National Migration Week" will be observed in Catholic dioceses around the country January 5-11.…

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Immigration: Voices of Faith Respond to House Republican Perspectives

Posted on Feb 4th, 2014 - By Christopher Kerr - 0 Comments

On January 30th  Republican leadership in the House of Representatives released "Principles on Immigration" outlining their blueprint for…

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Thomas Smolich, S.J.

Jesuit Conference USA President Calls Safeguards to Protect Migrant Lives

Posted on Feb 19th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 0 Comments

Voices of faith continue to speak loudly for humane immigration policy.  Jesuit Conference USA president Fr. Thomas Smolich, S.J. published an…

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150+ Catholic College & University Students Gather at Chicago Immigration Summit

Posted on Feb 24th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 1 Comment

CHICAGO, IL - Over 150 students from Catholic colleges and universities all the way from Milwaukee to Cleveland gathered at Loyola University Chicago…

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Jesuit University Presidents Join in Ash Wednesday Fast for Immigration Reform

Posted on Mar 4th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 1 Comment

Jesuit university presidents from five institutions have joined twenty three other Catholic college and university colleagues who committed to…

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Immigration: Review Policies, Congressional Standstill, Bishops on the Border

Posted on Mar 20th, 2014 - By Christopher Kerr - 0 Comments

While Congress is at a standstill on immigration the Obama administration recently announced that the Department of Homeland Security will review…

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Rockhurst University students in advocacy meeting with Sen. McCaskill's staff

Ignatian Family Advocacy Month reaches over 171 U.S. Congressional Offices

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

Ignatian Family Advocacy Month (IFAM), a national advocacy effort of the Ignatian Solidarity Network in partnership with the U.S. Jesuit Conference,…

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Santa Clara University - Immigration Week

Global Citizens: Santa Clara University Hosts Immigration Week

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

Santa Clara University hosted "Immigration Week" on campus in late April to bring attention to very pressing issue of immigration and the call for…

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Bishops on the Border

Mission for Migrants: USCCB Mass & Press Conference

Posted on May 29th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 0 Comments

MASS LIVESTREAM: CALL-IN DAY INFORMATION: The toll-free number is 1-855-589-5698 and our ask is for Members of Congress to: Vote for…

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News (Media Outlets)

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)