“In the face of attitudes hostile to these displaced persons, our faith invites the Society to promote everywhere a more generous culture of hospitality.”
Jesuit General Congregation 36, Decree 1
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.” Through our “Campaign for Hospitality,” the Ignatian Solidarity Network joins Pope Francis, as well as our Jesuit and other Catholic partners in creating a culture that seeks to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate immigrant persons into our communities.
Ignatian Justice Summit for College Students
July 26-29, 2022
Calling all college students: Deepen your skills as advocates, organizers, and educators for ecological and migration justice.
Create a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants
Over 11 million people in the U.S. remain undocumented without a pathway to legal status, and many others face obstacles to attaining or maintaining legal status. Legislation like U.S. Citizenship Act (S.348), Dream Act (S.264), SECURE Act (S.306), and Citizenship for Essential Workers Act (S.747) will all create a pathway to citizenship and recognize them as the Americans they are.
Ignatian Parish Justice Summit
JUNE 14-16, 2022
SAINT LOUIS, MO
Join a community of parish ministers and parishioners seeking to build parish communities with vibrant faith-justice engagement. Participants will have opportunities to connect specifically around migration work during the gathering.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Shuts Gate on Asylum Seeking Family
What is the human impact of our broken immigration system?
people without documentation are currently living in the U.S., seeking access to a pathway to citizenship
estimated cost of President Trump’s border wall
students without documentation graduate from American high schools. Many hope to pursue higher education, join the military, or enter the workforce, but their lack of legal status places those dreams.
Through the formation of allies and the empowerment of directly impacted individuals, ISN is cultivating an Ignatian network that values the human dignity of every person and advocates for these values in the public sphere.
Current Immigration System
Over 10 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States without a pathway to citizenship, along wiht more than 2.5 million temporary residents—including DACA and TPS recipients, and those with pending asylum cases. Many of these temporary residents are in danger of losing their status and becoming undocumented. Our immigration court system and the implementation of immigration policies are all facilitated by the U.S. executive branch. Only Congress has the authority to change our current immigration system and provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented and temporary resident immigrants.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network believes that our current immigration system is broken. We believe undocumented and temporary resident immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship. We believe our immigration laws should treat all migrants with dignity and respect, uphold the values of keeping families unified, and be a beacon of hope and safety. Through our formation of allies and the empowerment of impacted immigrants, we are working toward this immigration system.
Thousands of Central Americans are fleeing their homes, leaving behind poverty stemming from failed economic models, armed conflict and other forms of violence, corrupt governments, and the effects of climate change. Rates of poverty and violence remain high in the region, and violence at the home, community, and state levels is now listed as one of the primary driving factors for migration. Furthermore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has cited that there will be an estimate of 200 million climate migrants by 2050.
We believe that people have the right to live, work, and reach their full potential in their country of origin, and that when that is not possible, that they also have the right to migrate. Catholic Social Teaching calls us to examine the systemic injustices that drive people to leave their home communities and countries.
As asylum seekers flee to the U.S. with the hope of finding safety and a better life, many are being denied asylum and criminally prosecuted. Asylum seekers are being treated with extreme cruelty as a deterrent from seeking protection through lengthy delays in having asylum cases decided, punitive enforcement measures, and the separation of families. The U.S. has spent over $100 billion on border and interior enforcement since 2004, increasingly militarizing the U.S.-Mexico border. As people of faith, we believe we must treat all people with dignity and respect, including, and especially, those seeking asylum.
With over 10 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows, undocumented communities are constantly attacked by unjust policies, political disputes, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) practices. For sixteen years, Congress has spent billions of dollars to fund ICE, Customs and Border Protection, and private detention centers. Our current detention system incentivizes the unjust detention of many immigrants. These detention centers are run by ICE. Migrants are warehoused in jail-like facilities with inhumane living conditions and no access to free court-appointed attorneys. As a result, many immigrants have died while in these facilities.
There are over 1.5 million people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protection Status (TPS) who are in limbo, at risk of deportation, and becoming undocumented. In the last few years, they have been used as bargaining chips in Congress Around 16.6 million people are in “mixed-status” families, with at least one member who is undocumented and/or one with DACA or TPS. These families are in constant fear of being separated.
All human beings should be treated with dignity and respect. Families should be kept together and protected. We must ensure our policies do not criminalize immigrants nor put them in danger any more than they are fleeing.
Statements From our Partners
Key Migration Talking Points
- Human rights-based policies that respond to root causes of migration in the region
- A pathway to citizenship for undocumented persons, including DACA recipients
- Policies that protect the most vulnerable, including asylum seekers, refugees, women, and children
News and Stories
The Ignatian Solidarity Network partners with the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States’ Office of Justice and Ecology to co-coordinate a vibrant network of migration partners at Jesuit institutions.
The Jesuit Migration Network of the United States and Canada serves as a gathering place for individuals engaged in social and pastoral ministry to migrant people, grassroots advocacy, and teaching and researching related to migration. The migration network serves merely to create spaces for learning, networking, and collaboration—not as a stand-alone organization. It also provides a conduit for partnership with other Jesuit migration networks across the world, particularly the Red Jesuita Migrantes, a network coordinated by the Jesuit Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean.
If you are part of a Jesuit ministry and would like to become connected with the Jesuit Migration Network of the United States and Canada, please send an e-mail with your name, Jesuit ministry, role/title, and your contact info.
December 14, 2021
Border Perspectives from Jesuit Ministries
February 8, 2022
TOPIC: Migrant Accompaniment Network