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Raids & Enforcement Actions: Nine Ways to Protect Yourself 
The Justice for Immigrants website provides Enforcement Resources in English and Spanish designed for immigrants to know their rights when confronted by ICE / law enforcement. Please share with those who may need this information.
Video resources are also available
Video Resources
Written Resources
Ten Things You Can Do to Accompany Undocumented Immigrants

Cardinal Tobin Urges Solidarity with People Facing Deportation

Wyatt Massey, 5/17/17, America Magazine
“You really have to believe in inflicting cruelty on innocent people to choose to support the policies we’ve seen in recent months while possessing the power to change the law,” “They [Republicans] could bring nearly 12 million people out of the shadows, if they wanted to,” “This isn’t about border security. It’s about being attentive to the reality of people who are already in our communities.” Cardinal Tobin, US Conference of Catholic Bishops Read the full article.

Express Cardinal Tobin’s message to your Federal legislators.


Open Letter on Immigration and Refugee support from Archbishop Jerome Listecki

Please insure your legislators are aware of the Church’s position on immigration.  This letter can be used as a support position when writing your legislators

"The Church proclaims the non-negotiable right of a person to migrate: “Every human being has the right to freedom of movement and of residence within the confines of his own State. When there are just reasons in favor of it, he must be permitted to emigrate to other countries and take up residence there.  The fact that he is a citizen of a particular State does not deprive him of membership in the human family, nor of citizenship in that universal society, the common, world-wide fellowship of men” (St. John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, 25)."  Find the letter here.

USCCB Pastoral Letter, March 22, 2017 Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times

 Justice for Immigrants "Monday Meme".

Resources for visiting with your Representatives and Senators during Easter break can be found here

Justice for Immigrants Faces of Immigration

Learning About Immigration
What Constitutes Refugee Status? Three Common Myths about Refugees - USCCB Justice for Immigrants

Immigration Agents Discover New Freedom to Deport Under Trump - The New York Times

Current Issues
Immigration: Support the Bridge Act

Last week President Trump issued executive orders greatly increasing our immigration enforcement system, challenging sanctuary cities, and moving forward with building a wall at the U.S./Mexico border. Bishop Vasquez, Chair of the Committee on Migration and Bishop of Austin responded with these remarks on behalf of the USCCB.

Action Alert: Support the Bridge Act
US Bishops support the BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act, S.128/H.R. 496 that was recently introduced in Congress as a bipartisan effort to sustain temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility offered to youth through the Department of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. You can deliver a letter to congress in support of the BRIDGE Act through the JFI website Bridge Act Talking Points

Fact: The U.S./Mexico border, spanning approximately 2000 miles, already has roughly 700 miles of fencing and barrier that was constructed under the George W. Bush administration. Under the Secure Fence Act, the pedestrian border fencing completed in fiscal year 2007 was estimated to cost about $2.8 million per mile, according to a 2009 report from the Government Accountability Office.


Migration Monday - I Am Migration
USCCB Justice for Immigrants campaign has begun a social media campaign to promote migration and Catholic Social Teaching. Entitled #MigrationMondays . Each week they will share a new meme to promote on social media. To participate, share and promote this effort go to their website

I Am Migration: I am the cause, I am the solution. Climate change. Human trafficking. Migration. The world is facing some of its most serious challenges ever. Just as humanity has contributed to these problems, we have a shared responsibility to help solve them. Visit Catholic Relief Services advocacy site I Am Migration to learn what you can do to advocate for migrants and be a part of the solution.


Immigration Concerns - Transitioning to a New Administration
From USCCB Justice for Immigrants Campaign
How Can We Assist Immigrants and Refugees?
Communicate to your parish/congregation that the Bishops and the Catholic Church support immigrants and refugees. The US Bishops are committed to working with the new administration to ensure that refugees and immigrants are humanely welcomed to the US without sacrificing our nation's security.
What guidance can we provide to undocumented immigrants?
*Meet with an immigration legal services provider to get screened for forms of relief.
*Apply for citizenship if you are eligible. Over 8 million immigrants in the US are eligible for citizenship.
*Avoid immigration scams and notario fraud
*U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service is the government entity that processes immigration application. Go to uscis.gov
*Get Legal Assistance. Contact Catholic Charities in Milwaukee
*Learn about your rights in an enforcement situation.  See important details here.
*Organize your family’s documents and points of contact. See important details here.
What guidance can we provide to DACA recipients?
It is not known if the new administration will repeal the program for deferred action for childhood arrivals. More information here.
What guidance can we provide to refugees?
*Continue to work to integrate into your new community
*Report Hate Crimes See important details here.
How can we be supportive of immigrants and refugees at this time?
*Host a solidarity event or interfaith prayer service
*Engage in dialogue about Catholic Social Teaching on migration
*Pray together
*Host a multicultural potluck night
*Participate in Ethnic Celebrations of the Church
*Educate members of your community and ask them to take action on the Justice for Immigrants website
Engage your parish community in National Migration Week Tool Kit Here
 
Education and Prayer Resources
 
Immigration Speakers Bureau - list of individuals connected with the JFI campaign in Milwaukee area that speak on immigration
Immigration Films and Documentaries - list of films with summaries that can be shown to groups
Bulletin Inserts, Scripture and Petitions - materials that can be used to educate parish members
Little Book of Immigration Myths - a small book that can be printed and assembled for handout to parish members
"Traveling Together in Hope" Wisconsin Conference of Catholic Bishops Dec 2011 letter on Immigration [well written resource]
Justice for Immigrants Resources
 
 
Immigration Basics - JFI document
Immigration Objections - JFI document
Bulletin Articles - Advent related articles that can be addapted to ordinary time
 Social Teaching Resources
 
Immigration Baics [2 page Ed for Justice document on immigration facts]
Root Cause of Immigration [2 page Ed for Justice document on why people come to the U.S.]
Catholic Position on Immigration [a summary of the US Bishops position on immigration including their 5 principle guidelines for immigration policy]
Immigration Fact Quiz [discussion resource: myth/fact quiz to raise awareness of some of the myths surrounding immigration]
Strangers No Longer, Together on the Journey of Hope [A Pastoral Letter Concerning Migration from the Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States, dated January 22, 2003-Links to USCCB]