Get Involved--Justice and Immigration

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops statement denouncing the Administration's decision to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

We pray for all families - especially during these changing times for immigrant families - and for protection and unity of those who are most vulnerable. As we are reminded by Pope Francis, "There is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God." As people of faith, we are committed to working for justice and sharing a message of human dignity and respect for all. The Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Church support immigrants and refugees. Here is the September 5, 2017 statement from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops denouncing the Administration's decision to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The U.S. Bishops strongly urge Congress to find a legislative solution and pledge their support to work on finding an expeditious means of protecting DACA youth. Please contact your elected officials.

For additional updates and information, visit Justice for Immigrants.

Here is how to get in touch with your government officials.

Statement from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S. on President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees (Jan. 30, 2017)

As members of a global religious order that works to form men and women of conscience and compassion, we denounce the Trump Administration's Executive Order suspending and barring refugees and banning nationals of seven countries as an affront to our mission and an assault on American and Christian values.

The Jesuits have a long, proud tradition of welcoming and accompanying refugees, regardless of their religion, as they begin their new lives in the U.S. We will continue that work, defending and standing in solidarity with all children of God, whether Muslim or Christian.

The world is deeply troubled, and many of our brothers and sisters are justifiably terrified. Our Catholic and Jesuit identity calls us to welcome the stranger and to approach different faith traditions and cultures with openness and understanding. We must not give in to fear. We must continue to defend human rights and religious liberty. As Pope Francis said, "You cannot be a Christian without living like a Christian." The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA have issued statements denouncing these Executive Orders and we ask you to take action by contacting your elected officials.

Continue to educate yourself about these topics and encourage family members and friends to take actions listed on the Justice for Immigrants website.

Other steps you can take ...

  • If you or someone you know is undocumented, consider meeting with an immigration legal services provider for information and to get screened for forms of relief.
  • Legal assistance is available through Catholic Charities.
  • Attend a solidarity event or interfaith prayer service that is supportive of immigrants and refugees at this time. Continue to work to integrate refugees into the community.
  • Engage in prayer and dialogue about Catholic Social Teaching on migration topics.

For more information, contact

    Peg Flahive, Director of Human Concerns
  • email Peg
  • 414-288-7387