*To educate the public 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
1. Provide a path to citizenship for undocumented persons in the country.
2. Preserve family unity as a cornerstone of our national immigration system.
3. Provide legal path for low-skilled immigrant workers to come and work in the United States.
4. The U.S. should treat asylum seekers, refugees, and other forced migrants with respect and dignity.
5. Address the root causes (push factors) of migration, like persecution + economic disparity.
the Feb 12, 2013 testimony of Most Rev. Jose H. Gomez to the Senate Committee on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
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
National Migration Week Resources - JFI resources
Information on the Catholic Justice for Immigrants Campaign - JFI background resource
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]