Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform

Since 2005 the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education has been implementing the goals of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform Justice for Immigrants program, which include:

1) Educate the public, especially the Catholic community, including Catholic public officials, about Church teaching on migration and immigrants;

For information on our education response, see related pages:

Education

Education Resources

Also see the education response through our various networks:

Immigration Parish Coordinators (in non-immigrant parish communities)

Priests for Justice for Immigrants

Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants

2) Enact legislative and administrative reforms based on the principles articulated by the bishops;

For information on our advocacy response, see related pages:

Advocacy

Advocacy Resources

Also see the advocacy response through our various networks:

Immigration Parish Coordinators

Priests for Justice for Immigrants

Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants

3) To organize Catholic networks to assist qualified immigrants obtain the benefits of the reforms.

When comprehensive immigration reform failed to pass the Senate in 2007 – and it became apparent there would be no legislative reform in the near term – Chicago’s immigrant community wondered what they could do to help one another in light of their increasing, urgent basic human and pastoral needs in the absence of the benefits of any immigration reform.

In response we developed our immigrant leadership ministries, called the Immigrant-to-Immigrant Ministry, that are empowering Hispanic and Polish immigrant lay leaders through service and justice actions in parishes – see related pages:

Pastoral Migratoria (Hispanic Immigrant-to-Immigrant Ministry)

Polish Immigrant-to-Immigrant Ministry

"The word of God and the Catholic social teaching it inspires illuminate an understanding -one that is ultimately full of hope-that recognizes the lights and shadows that are a part of the ethical, social, political, economic,and cultural dimensions of migrations between our two countries." ~Strangers no Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope