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WASHINGTON—The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the official domestic anti-poverty agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has approved special grants totaling $800,000 to mobilize Catholics on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform and to prepare Catholic institutions to serve communities benefiting from the reform legislation.
"These grants represent a distinctively Catholic contribution in promoting comprehensive immigration reform. They will strengthen the capacity of our institutions to help immigrant families come out from the shadows and participate more actively in American society," said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, chairman of the U.S. bishops' CCHD subcommittee.
Bishop Soto made the announcement March 5, after the members of the CCHD subcommittee determined that swift action by the Catholic community was essential in advancing the recently emerging prospects for immigration reform.
These grants will support efforts to promote immigration reform by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., an organization founded by the USCCB that supports immigrants' rights; PICO National Network, a network of faith-based community organizations that works with Catholic parishes across the country; and the Justice for Immigrants Campaign, an initiative of the USCCB that works to educate Catholics on Church teaching about immigration and promote immigration reform.
With these recently announced grants, CCHD will have committed more than $3,500,000 in the past year to support grassroots organizations working locally on immigration reform.
"There is an urgent need to mobilize resources efficiently in order to meet the challenge when the possibility for real immigration reform has never been closer," Bishop Soto said. "CCHD is poised to make a significant difference in a way consistent with our mission and identity. The efforts being supported are rooted in Catholic social teaching about the dignity of the human person and reflect the Church's deep historic ties to generations of immigrants who have come to America."
Funds will help in promoting education in parishes, grassroots organizing among agencies, mobilizing political support from Catholics across the nation and assisting communities that will benefit from any eventual reform legislation.
More information is available online: www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/.
Keywords: immigration reform; immigrants; Bishop Jaime Soto, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, CCHD, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, PICO National Network, Justice for Immigrants Campaign, Administration, Congress
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