Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Act now for immigration reform

Because the U.S. Senate has passed comprehensive immigration reform legislation and the House of Representatives is currently considering whether to address immigration reform legislation, now is a critical time to contact your House members and urge them to pass common sense immigration reform. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has many resources at the Justice for Immigrants website, including a bulletin announcement that tells us:
The U.S. Catholic Bishops, through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), have urged Congress to pass immigration reform which: 
- Provides a path to citizenship for undocumented persons living in the United States; 
- Preserves and strengthens family unity as a cornerstone of our national immigration system; 
- Provides legal avenues for low-skilled immigrants to come and work in the United States; 
- Restores due process for individuals caught up in the immigration system 
- Promotes efforts that will address the root causes of migration, such as poverty and persecution Please contact your House members today and urge them to support immigration reform legislation that provides a path to citizenship for the undocumented and that preserves family unity.  
Action: Contact Members of Congress through e-mail, phone calls or FAX letters. - To send a pre-written, instant e-mail to Congress go to - Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask for your Members’ offices. For more information, go to  
Message: Please pass bipartisan immigration reform legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship and preserves family unity.   
When: Act today and encourage others to do so as well.

For those who wish to meet with their Representatives in person, here are talking points for immigration reform from Catholics Confront Global Poverty, an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services. You can also watch this recording of a recent webcast for some tips and tools to make your advocacy efforts more effective.

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