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Important News: Bishop Eusebio Elizondo submits written testimony to the Senate, calling for increased humanitarian aid to Syria and U.S. resettlement of Syrian refugees. Read it here.
Report from Mexico and Central America: A delegation from USCCB/MRS—accompanied by Bishop Seitz of El Paso—recently traveled to Mexico and Central America to examine and understand the plight of unaccompanied migrant children in the region. Here are their findings and recommendations.
Migration and Refugee
Services is charged with assisting the bishops in the development and promotion
of migration policy positions within the context of the Church's social teaching.
To this end MRS works with grassroots Catholic networks across the US to
promote fair immigration and refugee policies, advocates for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform,
engages in the fight against human trafficking,
develops initiatives aimed at educating Catholics on the Church's teaching on
migration, and assists the U.S. Catholic bishops in carrying the voice of the
Church to Congress and the Administration.
Relying on a well-developed, theoretical and moral framework to inform their policy perspective, MRS pursues advocacy efforts through a number of different concrete avenues. These include:
Learn more about the populations served by Migration and Refugee Services
Explore documents and resources which inform the Church's policy work on migration
Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, / Juntos en El Camino de la Esperanza Ya No Somos Extranjeros - A joint pastoral letter from the Bishops of the United States and Mexico which integrates Scriptural and social teaching into a cohesive vision that informs the bishops' advocacy efforts.
Take action in solidarity with immigrants, migrants, refugees and people on the move
If in New York, Florida, or the District of Columbia, make an online donation!
For other states, make a tax-deductible contribution to the National Catholic Fund for Migration and Refugee Services by mail.
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