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).
This call in relation to the immigrant community often demands working for social justice by advocating for compassionate comprehensive immigration reform and the humane treatment of immigrant detainees and deportees according to the principles of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Advocacy actions (e.g. postcard campaigns, petitions, legislative visits, call-in days) are crucial so that the cry of the immigrant community is heard and unjust immigration policies are changed.
With the help of our networks, we organize and encourage people in the Archdiocese of Chicago (Cook and Lake Counties) to come together to engage their community and elected officials. Learn how to get involved in our advocacy work through these resources and links:
Ignatian Solidarity Network: Mary Small, Jesuit Refugee Services, on Immigration Policy Updates [English]
Justice for Immigrants: Suggested Activities for the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe [Bilingual]
Justice for Immigrants: Pulpit Announcements for the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe [Bilingual]
"We stand in solidarity with you, our migrant brothers and sisters, and we will continue to advocate on your behalf for just and fair migration policies. We commit ourselves to animate communities of Christ's disciples on both sides of the border to accompany you on your journey so that your will truly be a journey of hope, not despair..." ~Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope