Trafficking, sexual slavery, child prostitution ... all are gross violations of human dignity and demand urgent attention.
Maryknoll missioners have worked with migrants and people on the move for decades. They have served Burmese refugees in Thailand, Thai workers all over Asia, Burundian and Rwandan refugees in East Africa, and have accompanied Guatemalans, who, after years in Mexico, returned home to start anew in a more peaceful country. Our faith compels us to stand in solidarity with migrants.
Here in the United States, we are profoundly affected by the contribution of migrants in our society, and we have a responsibility to treat them, like all the rest of God’s creation, with dignity and respect.
Maryknoll lay missioner Heidi Cerneka, an immigration attorney in El Paso, Texas, shared with us her perspective on the root causes of the current situation at the border and the most critical next steps for protecting the rights of migrants and asylum seekers.
Take action to ensure that all U.S. residents are able to receive pandemic relief regardless of their immigration status.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns issued the following statement regarding several adjustments to border policy made by the Biden administration in its first week.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns issued the following statement on September 15, 2020, regarding the Ninth Circuit Court's decision to allow for the termination of TPS for four countries.
Take action: Urge Congress to ensure the Trump administration restores the U.S. refugee program for FY2021.
Prepared by Fr. Joseph Healey, MM, in collaboration with the South Sudan Catholic Refugees Community in Small Christian Communities in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya.
Join us on Tuesday, August 18 at 12:30pm EDT for the next 30 minute webinar in our series, Faithful Voting and Global Concerns.
This webinar will focus on the many problems facing the U.S. immigration system, how the Church promotes justice for immigrants, and how we can urge our candidates to prioritize just and comprehensive immigration reform in advance of the 2020 elections.
Two major campaigns are going on this week to protect asylum seekers and immigrant families. Here are ways you can take action today:
1) Submit a comment to the Trump administration by July 15 at 1 pm EDT urging them to rescind new proposed rules for the asylum system that would make it nearly impossible to gain asylum status in the United States. Experts say these rules will destroy the asylum system as we know it.
Maryknoll Sister Genie Natividad reflects on how she glimpsed the Kingdom of God at Casa del Refugiado, a shelter for asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Statement calling for the immediate release of children and their parents from immigrant detention centers.
Children need to be released from detention immediately and they need to be released with their parents.
This is an abbreviated version of the brief on refugees as part of our election briefs series, Faithful Voting and Global Concerns.
- Border Action Network
- Christian Campaign for Immigration Reform
- Forced Migration Online
- Franciscans International's Handbook on Human Trafficking
- Franciscans International's Handbook on Migrant Workers
- Humane Borders
- International Organization for Migration
- Justice for Immigrants
- Migration Information Source
- Migration Policy Institute
- No More Deaths campaign
- Refugees International
- U.S. Catholic bishops and immigration: A chronology
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants