Pastoral Resources for Immigrants, Refugees and Parishes

Dear Friends,These are challenging times in our country right now with the new Presidential orders on immigrants and refugees.

To assist us in supporting our brothers and sisters, our Office of Government and Community Relations and our Office of Life, Justice and Peace have created a special webpage that contains important resources for parishes, families and individuals. On this new page: archla.org/immigration and below you will find resources to help you learn more about the issues and resources that will enable you to get involved in your community and in communicating with your elected officials.

Also, here I include for your information my reflections on the President’s Executive Orders, in Spanish and English.

Archbishop Gomez’s Statement on the Executive Orders
Declaración de Arzobispo Gomez sobre las órdenes del poder ejecutivo

Please continue to pray with me, for our nation, and for our elected officials. With the guidance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I pray that we might all work together to find a compassionate solution to the challenges of reforming our immigration and refugee systems.

 

 

Take Action: Ask Your US Representatives to Support The Bridge Act Today

On January 12th Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act, S.128. Known as HR 496 on the House side, this bipartisan bill is an effort to sustain the temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility offered to youth through the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

 

Under the BRIDGE Act, young people who came to the United States as children would be able to maintain their eligibility to work and live in the U.S. without the fear of deportation and family separation so long as they meet certain requirements, such as showing a commitment to education or honorable service in our military and having no history of serious crime.

 

There have been more than 750,000 young people who have received and benefitted from DACA. These youth entered the U.S. as children and know America as their only home. They are contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes and communities. As Catholics, we have long supported DACA youth and their families as we believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, especially that of our children.

Ask your Senators and Representative to support and co-sponsor the BRIDGE ACT.
Read the Text of the Bridge Act​

Contact Your US Representatives Today​!

 

Pastoral Resources for Immigrants, Refugees and Parishes

Access Resources

Practical tips for families encountering immigration enforcement including emergency planning.

Preparing Your Family for Immigration Enforcement

 

Free Consultations

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project is offering free consultations for anyone affected by executive orders every Friday of the month at 9am.
9am Fridays February 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

1530 James M Wood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Call 213-251-3505 for more information

Catholic Charities Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project​​

 

Join a Parish Team

The Office of Life, Justice & Peace (OLJP) works with parishes and schools to educate and advocate for immigrant rights, encounters with immigration enforcement, and develop family preparation plans.
Parish Teams Immigration Workshops Schedule
​Statements:

USCCB President & VP Statement on Immigration​
Declaración por el presidente y vice presidente del USCCB en inmigración
Text of Executive Order: Border Wall​
USCCB Statement on Sanctuary Cities​​​

Text of Executive Order: Sanctuary Cities

USCCB Statement on Refugees​

Text of Executive Order: Refugees​​
For more information visit archla.org/immigration