August 21, 2010 • 9:04 pm
As the summer months slip away, comprehensive immigration reforms seems like a distant memory. Still, millions of adults and children are waiting for some form of normalcy despite fear and anxieties. Though the 1986 Immigration law provided hope and status for many, the compromises from that time period have created new problems. Daily I hear from our immigration and service staff about newcomers seeking means to provide for their family and to become good neighbors.
Reminds me of when my family arrived in the Americas in the late 1600s. My wife’s dad arrived in the mid 1950s. All newcomers what to be legitimate members of our community. We need to find new ways to help these seekers, like all of us before them — unless of course you are Native American.
The US Catholic Bishops continue to call for comprehensive immigration reform. Please take a moment, Read the Bishops’ website at www.justiceforimmigrants.org. Pray about it. Wrie your congressional representative and senator calling for a comprehensive immigration reform that provides dignity and justice for all.
Filed under: Migration
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 20, 2010 ( Zenit.org
).- On today’s celebration of World Refugee Day, Benedict XVI is calling attention to the needs of those who have been forced to move away from their homeland.The Pope stated this today after praying the midday Angelus with the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
“Today the United Nations celebrates World Refugee Day,” he said, “to recall attention to the problems of those who have been forced out of their own land and familiar customs, traveling to environments that, often, are profoundly different.”
“Refugees desire to find welcome and to be recognized in their dignity and their fundamental rights,” the Holy Father affirmed.
“At the same time,” he continued, “they intend to offer their contribution to the society that welcomes them.”
Benedict XVI concluded: “Let us pray that, in a just reciprocity, there be a response adequate to such expectations and they show the respect that they have for the identity of the community that receives them.”
Visit Caritas Internationalis for more information on how the Church responds to refugees throughout the world.
Filed under: Caritas, Migration, Official Statements, Papal Teachings