Because of this and the hardship they endure, immigration reform needs a strong family reunification component so that mothers and children will not be separated.
US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph – Leadership Council – Corporate Voice Statement, June, 2012
We, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Council, compelled by the Gospel and by our heritage to be responsive to the “dear neighbor” without distinction, call on the President and the U.S. Congress to enact immigration policy that is both just and comprehensive. We believe that this policy must include:
- A plan for addressing applicant backlogs for permanent residence, with family unity as a priority.
- An effective program for temporary workers that insures labor protections and equitable wages.
- A realistic path to earned legalization.
- Restoration of due process protections and reformed detention policies for those detained in the immigration system.
- Children and adults with no criminal background not be detained in centers or deported.
- Effective and humane border security that recognizes the human rights of all people.
- A process whereby students who are children of undocumented families can earn a college degree, become gainfully employed, and can enter into a path to citizenship.
- Advocate for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level.
- Become knowledgeable of comprehensive immigration reform at www.justiceforimmigrants.org.
- To take action on current concerns, go to www.justiceforimmigrants.org.
- Advocate for family unity and oppose inhumane immigration enforcement policies that separate families.
- Learn about your state immigration policies and take action as needed; go to http://immigrationpolicy.org/, then click on Immigration by Stat.
- Host a gathering and invite some to share their immigrant story; invite others to do the same. We are either immigrants or descendants of immigrant ancestors.
- Advocate for the DREAM Act—The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act: This legislation has been introduced in Congress previously, but has not yet passed. It is an important piece of legislation that offers a path to legal status for those who were brought to the United States as children and know the U.S. as their only home. For more information, go to www.justiceforimmigrants.org and www.networklobby.org/DREAM.
The primary objectives of the JFI campaign are:
- To educate the public, especially the Catholic community, including Catholic public officials, about Church teaching on migration and immigrants;
- To create political will for positive immigration reform;
- To enact legislative and administrative reforms based on the principles articulated by the bishops; and
- To organize Catholic networks to assist qualified immigrants obtain the benefits of the reforms.
The American Immigration Council’s mission is to strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how Americans think about and act towards immigration now and in the future.