Immigration education raises the community’s consciousness and understanding of the immigration issue (e.g. the causes, realities and effects of migration and the current broken immigration system) and the necessity of immigration reform in the United States. It encompasses the economic, social, and moral dimensions, among others.
One of the focuses of our office is to create opportunities and space for education and dialogue.
For instance, our network of Immigration Parish Coordinators serve as educational liaisons to native-born parish communities that may not be directed affected by immigration issues, or may not be very well informed about them. These leaders facilitate the education process in their parishes including the dissemination of educational resources.
Educational resources on immigration follow below.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, "US Economic Competitiveness at Risk: A Midwest Call to Action on Immigration Reform" [Full Report, Summary]
Migration Policy Institute, "The Economic Value of Citizenship for Immigrants in the United States" [English]
Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, "Immigration and the Economy Facts" [English]
Immigration Policy Center, "How the Immigration System Works: A Fact Sheet" [English]
Video, Center for American Progress, "Our Future Together: How Immigrants will Reshape our Workforce" [English]
Video, Mary Small, Jesuit Refugee Services, on Immigration Policy Updates [English]
Video, "God will Never Leave a DREAMer" [English]
Video, "Who is My Neighbor?" [English, Español]
Video, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran's Immigration Conversion Story [English]
Video, Office for Immigrant Affairs' 2011 Posada [English]
Why don't people migrate legally? [English]
"Every human being has the right to the freedom of movement and of residence within the confines of their own country; and, when there are just reasons for it, the right to emigrate and take up residence elsewhere." ~Pope John XXIII, Pacem in Terris