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Resources: Standing with immigrants & refugees

U.S. Bishops Chair on Migration Says New Executive Order Still Leaves Many Innocent Lives at Risk (March 6, 2017)

The Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, says that President Trump’s latest Executive Order still puts vulnerable populations around the world at risk. In a statement issued after the announcement of today’s travel suspension, Bishop Vásquez says that while we seek to maintain our values and safety, we must also exercise compassion in assisting and continuing to welcome the stranger. 
Bishop Vázquez’s full statement follows:        
"We remain deeply troubled by the human consequences of the revised executive order on refugee admissions and the travel ban. While we note the Administration’s efforts to modify the Executive Order in light of various legal concerns, the revised  Order still leaves many innocent lives at risk. Read more

How Catholics in the U.S. can help

Read "7 Things You Can Do to Help" from Catholic Relief Services

Justice for Immigrants

Knowing your rights: Resources for and about immigrants and refugees
Executive orders Q & A
ACTION ALERT: Write to lawmakers in support of immigrants & refugees
Visit the Justice for Immigrants website (JFI is an immigration reform campaign sponsored by the USCCB) 

Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc.

Know your rights: A collection of resources 

Executive Order Webinar

Justice for Immigrants Executive Order Webinar, Feb. 3 (Listen


Additional resources

The world has been focused with great intensity on the tragedy of refugees fleeing upheaval in Syria and other countries to Europe. But there is a much broader story playing out in the countries surrounding Syria and Iraq who have absorbed most of the 3.9 million refugees - more than half of them children.  Where are they to go? How are they to sustain themselves and their children? What are the long-term consequences? Questions abound, but our Catholic Christian mission to welcome and care for the stranger continues.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is working with refugees, mostly women and children, who are largely hidden in the news but who are suffering the most from the civil war in Syria and the rise of ISIS.

Catholic Relief Services has ramped up its response to the migrant crisis by working with church partners in Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Serbia. CRS is providing food, water, shelter, medical and legal care to more than 700,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Iraq.

Programs to help children get beyond their trauma are among CRS's key areas of focus.


to support the efforts of CRS in their work with refugees: (click the button below):
Thank you. And please, keep migrants and refugees everywhere close in your thoughts. They are frightened, far from home and will need your prayers and support every step of the way.
                                              A prayer for refugees from CRS. 


Annalise Laumeyer, communications director
Photo credit: (above & on main page) CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec