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Help reunite, keep families together

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"Our immigration system is in critical need of reform. I stand with my brother bishops in calling on our elected leaders to come to a compromise which will protect people who are seeking safety, security, and a new life in our country.
 
The first principle of Catholic social teaching regarding the migration of people is that a country indeed has a right to regulate its borders. More important though is how we treat our brothers and sisters who are seeking a better life. We must keep families together. We must treat every person with the inherent dignity and worth that God has given to them."
- Most Rev. David Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids 
 
U.S. Bishops visit Diocese of Brownsville; host press conference
On Monday, July 2, a delegation of bishops led by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, met with U.S. government officials and members of the Catholic community. The focus of the meetings was on family unity. Immediately following the engagements, the bishops held a press conference to offer their reflections. (WATCH VIDEO)
 
In earlier news, Bishops across the U.S. have condemned the separation and detention of children from their families as they seek respite in the U.S. from dire conditions in their home countries.
 
As Bishop Vásquez, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, and Sister Donna Markham OP PhD, president and CEO of Catholic Charities, remind us – as a nation and people of faith, we can and must do better.

Ways you can help

For your convenience, we've provided a list of state representatives and senators and their contact information below:

      • Representative Justin Amash  (Send email)
        Phone: 202-225-3831 (Washington D.C. office)
        616-451-8383 (Grand Rapids office)
      • Representative Jack Bergman (Send email)
        Phone: 202-225-4735 (Washington D.C. office)
      • Representative Bill Huizenga (Send email)
        Phone: 202-225-4401 (Washington D.C. office)
        616-414-5516 (Grand Haven office)
        616-570-0917 (Grandville office)
      • Representative John Moolenaar (Send email)
        Phone: 202-225-3561 (Washington D.C. office)
        231-942-5070 (Cadillac office)
        989-631-2552 (Midland office)
      • Senator Gary Peters (Send email)
        Phone: 202-224-6221 (Washington D.C. office)
        616-233-9150 (Grand Rapids office)
      • Senator Debbie Stabenow (Send email)
        Phone: 202-224-4822 (Washington D.C. office)
        616-975-0052 (Grand Rapids office
      • Not sure of your congressional district or who your representative is? Visit Find Your Representative and enter your ZIP code to identify your congressional district.
  • Get informed about the facts: through reliable news sources; by listening to migrant and refugee stories, and encountering migrant and refugee families through your parish, or organizations in our community aiding these families.
  • Learn about Church teaching on welcoming the stranger and support Catholic outreach organizations. Visit the: Vatican's Migrant and Refugee page | U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Migration and Refugee Services page | Catholic Charities USA's Stop Family Separation page | Justice for Immigrants
  • Financially support organizations who are helping migrant families now, including:
    Catholic Charities USA | Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)
  • Advocate for migrant families with friends, family and publicly. Those without voices need our voices! Visit the advocacy pages of: Justice for Immigrants | Catholic Charities USA
  • Pray for the safety and well-being of migrant and refugee families, and for our country's leadership that they will seek the ways of righteousness, justice and mercy.

Contact:

For more information, contact Maggie Walsh, social justice coordinator with Catholic Charities West Michigan, at mwalsh@ccwestmi.org or 616-340-1824.