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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Action Alerts

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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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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Remembering the Border

Posted on Apr 17th, 2014 - By Anna Ferguson - 0 Comments

My alarm buzzes, I roll out of bed, stretch as my feet hit the floor and I open the shades. Sunshine and a pang of longing greet me. I flash back to…

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Laura M. Bohorquez QUOTE

DACA: House Members Have Made a Selfish Decision That Harms Everyone

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

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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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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News (Ignatian Network)

Catholic Leaders Call On Speaker Boehner To Pass Immigration Reform

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

"Catholic Leaders Call On Speaker Boehner To Pass Immigration Reform"  National Catholic leaders, including ISN executive director, Christopher…

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Jesuit Alumni for Immigration Reform Square

Graduates of Jesuit Schools Call on Fellow Alumni in U.S. House to Act on Immigration Reform

Posted on Jul 8th, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 2 Comments

WASHINGTON DC - Over 1,200 alumni of Jesuit universities and high schools sent a letter (PDF FORMAT) in earlier this month to fellow alumni in the…

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John Boehner

Jesuits Call on Jesuit Alumni in Congress to Protect Central America Children

Posted on Jul 31st, 2014 - By ISN Staff - 2 Comments

The Society of Jesus in the United States (the Jesuit order) is making a personal plea to the 43 Congressional representatives who graduated from…

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Loyola University Chicago - DREAMer Medical Students

DREAMer Medical Students Celebrated at Loyola University Chicago

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

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine welcomed their Class of 2018 earlier this month – 160 new students who will spend the next…

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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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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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President Barack Obama

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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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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The Tool Kit being piloted at a Boston-area non-profit (SOURCE: Boston College)

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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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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News (Media Outlets)

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)