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Donate to Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief
The people of Puerto Rico were most recently devastated by Hurricane Maria, which is a U.S. territory served by Catholic Charities. This came in the wake of the devastation of Houston and Florida by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. To help with a donation, click here and select “hurricane relief” from the drop-down menu. If you would prefer to donate by mail, make your check payable to “Diocese of La Crosse” and write “Puerto Rico Relief” in the memo line. Mail to Catholic Charities of La Crosse, Puerto Rico Relief, 3710 East Ave. S., La Crosse, WI 54601.
BISHOPS OF WISCONSIN RESPOND TO TERMINATION OF DACA
On Sept. 8, 2017, the Catholic Bishops of Wisconsin issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s announced termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program six months from now:
“The bishops of Wisconsin affirm their support for the continued protection of youth under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Most of the nearly 8,000 DACA Wisconsinites, who are among almost 800,000 DACA young adults nationwide, know no other home than the U.S., having been brought here in their youth through no choice of their own. The DACA program allows these individuals to seek employment and education without fear of being forced to leave their family and home. DACA young adults are students in our schools and universities, leaders in our parishes, veterans of our military, and participants in our economy.
People of goodwill can disagree on whether it was prudent to institute the DACA policy. However, over the past five years, these young individuals have participated in the program and relied upon assurances provided by our nation’s government that they could live in security and would be treated with fairness.
We urge Members of Congress to find a legislative solution that protects DACA youth. We also urgently ask that Congress and President Donald Trump commit themselves to achieving permanent and comprehensive immigration reform. We affirm those of our lawmakers who have already expressed their desire to do so, and offer every encouragement to lawmakers of both parties to find a way forward in forging immigration policy that puts aside partisanship for the sake of the common good.
To our DACA youth, we want you to know that we admire your courage, tenacity, and commitment. We are grateful for all that you do for your families, churches, communities, and for this nation. We join our voices with yours and accompany you in these difficult times.”
USCCB President, Vice President and Committee Chairmen Denounce Administration’s Decision to End DACA and Strongly Urge Congress to Find Legislative Solution
September 5, 2017
WASHINGTON— The President and Vice President along with Chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued a statement denouncing the Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after six months.
The following statement from USCCB President Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, along with USCCB Vice President, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman, Committee on Migration, and Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, chairman of the Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees, and Travelers says the “cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible.”
Over 780,000 youth received protection from the DACA program since its inception by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2012. DACA provided no legal status or government benefits but did provide recipients with temporary employment authorization to work in the United States and reprieve from deportation.
U.S. Bishops and Justice for Immigrants
At this time of fear and uncertainty in our immigrant communities, a recommended resource is the website Justice for Immigrants. Visit it for current information on executive actions and other updates, as well as action alerts relative to immigration and the rights of immigrants, including those who are undocumented
The U.S. Catholic bishops’ Justice for Immigrants Campaign (JFI) is a coalition of Catholic organizations working to unite and mobilize a growing network of Catholic institutions, individuals, and other persons of goodwill in support of immigration reform.
The JFI campaign’s primary objectives are:
- To educate the public, especially the Catholic community, about Church teaching on migration and immigrants;
- To create political will for just and humane immigration reform; and
- Advocate for just and fair reforms in U.S. immigration and refugee laws and policies that reflect the principles enunciated by the bishops.U.S. Bishops Chair on Migration Responds to DHS Memoranda on Immigration enforcement and Border Security
The following stories highlight other Church leaders’ words and work around recent current events.
- President and Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Stand in Defense of All Faiths in Response to Executive Order on Refugees
- USCCB Committee on Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Executive Order Because It Harms Vulnerable Refugee and Immigrant Families
- USCCB Committee on Migration Chair Responds to Trump Administration Sanctuary City Executive Order
- Committee on Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Administration’s Announcement to Build a Wall at U.S.-Mexico Border, Increase Detention and Deportation Forces
- USCCB Spokeswoman Welcomes House Passage of 2017 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
- USCCB Pro Life Chairman Applauds Reestablishment of Mexico City Policy
- Bishops’ Conferences Call for Prayers, Action, Support for Peace in the Holy Land
- USCCB Chairman Calls on Congress to Preserve Gains in Healthcare Coverage While Also Emphasizing the Need to Protect Human Life, Conscience Rights and the Poor