Posted by Office for Immigrant Affairs,

Another objective of the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform Justice for Immigrants program – which our office has been implementing since 2005 in the Archdiocese of Chicago – is to enact legislative immigration reform based on the principles articulated by the U.S. Catholic bishops. This involves the work of advocacy.

Standing in Solidarity with Immigrants

Catholic Social Teaching calls people of faith to work for the common good and the integral development of all people, by standing with and speaking for those without a voice in society (Guadium et Spes #75). Our response is very important so the cry of the immigrant community is heard and unjust immigration policies are changed.

Facilitating the Advocacy Response

Our office facilitates the advocacy efforts of the Archdiocese of Chicago to gain widespread support for compassionate comprehensive immigration reform and the humane treatment of immigrant detainees and deportees. Initiatives include postcard campaigns, pilgrimages, petitioning, legislative visits, prayer vigils, call-in days, and other types of actions that engage the local community and elected officials.  We also create and disseminate resources to support the advocacy actions.

We engage our various networks to work collaboratively as one multi-cultural community in this response (click on the links for information):

-Immigration Parish Coordinators (in non-immigrant parish communities)

-Priests for Justice for Immigrants

-Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants

-Pastoral Migratoria

-Polish Immigrant-to-Immigrant Ministry

See related pages:

-Advocacy Resources

2013 Accomplishments

“The Church as mother must experience itself as a Church without borders, family Church, attentive to the growing phenomenon of human mobility in its diverse sectors. She believes that it is crucial to develop a mindset and spirituality for the pastoral service of brothers and sisters on the move, setting up appropriate national and diocesan structures to facilitate the encounter between the foreigner and the welcoming particular church.” ~Aparecida, 412