Social Justice Issue - Immigration


Current Action:
Contact your U.S. Reprentative TODAY and ask them to pass legislation supporting immigration reform before their summer recess. Your representative needs to hear from you, so please send a message today! 

Pentecost and Immigration Toolkit
June 2-8, 2014
United States Catholic Conference of Bishops 

Immigration Sunday Materials
January 5, 2014
MN Catholic Conference 

Introductory Materials:

Immigration Talking Points for Reform
Clinic Summary of Senate Bill 
Strategic Planning Calendar  

Resources to Increase Awareness and Educate:

Mobilizing 1:Educate 

Immigration Bulletin Announcements 
Immigration Parish Poster_MN Agrees 
Immigration Parish Poster_Church 4 Poor 
Immigration Parish Poster_Dignity 
Immigration Parish Poster_We Benefit  

Resources to Engage and Equip:
Mobilizing 2:Engage 
Mobilizing 2: Mapping Your Parish 
Immigration Speaker List 2013 
MN Fact Sheet 2013 
Mobilizing 3: Equip
Resources to Act and Advocate:

Mobilizing 4: Act
State & Federal Offices List
Immigration Action Alert April 2013
Immigration Advocacy Call Text 

Visit Our News and Events Page to Learn about Upcoming Events



ustice for Immigrants Parish Toolkit materials 

External Links:

Justice for Immigrants 
USCCB Office of Migration and Refugee Services 
National Conference of State Legislatures, Immigration Policy News 

Catholic Social Teaching Option for the Poor/Dignity for all people:

Minnesota Bishops’ statement “Unlocking the Gate in our Hearts.” (Copies available through MCC)  
USCCB Testified before Senate Judiciary Committee on Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2/12/2013
 --  (very informative piece)
Justice for Immigrants 
USCCB Interfaith Letter (shorten version)  


Just Immigration Process

Background on the Immigration process:

Pros and Cons of Immigration 
Immigration Case Backlog Reaches All-Time High, Report
My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant I Jose Antonio Vargas, New York Times, June 22, 2011
Minnesota should pass the Dream Act II in 2013 


Border and Security Issues:

What does a 'secure' border look like? [Associated Press – Feb 23, 2013]

WATCHING THE LINE: Long Border, Endless Struggle. [New York Times, March 2, 2013] 

Background on the immigration process and border issues -Videos:

Lost in Detention:  The Hidden World of Immigration Enforcement. [ PBS Frontline film] 
The 800 Mile Wall 


Immigration and the Economy:

Economic Impact of Immigration in Minnesota [By Katherine Fennelly & Anne Huart] 
Ten Myths About Immigration Powerpoint [Katherine Fennelly] 
Immigrants and the Economy [ Fiscal Policy Institute, 2009]    

Economic Impact of Immigrants [Office of the Legislative Auditor for the State of Minnesota, 2006]
The Economic Effects of Granting Legal Status and Citizenship to Undocumented Immigrants [March 20, 2013] 
Embracing Immigration [Minneapolis Foundation, March 2008] 
A New Age for Immigrants:  Making Immigration Work for Minnesota
Immigration reform could change the lives of up to 95,000 in Minnesota [MinnPost, 2013]
Myths hinder rational talk about immigration [Katherine Fennelly]
CATO Handbook for Congress: Policy Recommendations for the 108th Congress [CATO Institute]
Immigration’s Economic Impact [Executive Office of the President: Council of Economic Advisors, June 20, 2007]
Undocumented Workers Contribute Plenty [Derrick Z. Jackson,  The Boston Globe, April 12, 2006] 


News Articles/Research:

To Comfort the Afflicted by Reta Halteman Finger | March 2013 
Interfaith Immigration Coalition Recommendations 
Catholic Charities Office for Social Justice I Notable Quotes 

Strangers No Longer (A Christian framework for welcoming immigrants)  



This Much I Can Tell You: Stories of Courage and Hope from Refugees in Minnesota
Green Card Stories The book includes some profiles of Minnesotans
The Latehomecomer [Kao Kalia Yang]
Enrique’s Journey [Sonia Nazario] 
BorderLinks II: Still on the Road [Jerry H. Gill]
Lives on the Line: Dispatches from the US - Mexico Border [Miriam Davidson]
Fr. Groody’s Books
Trails of Hope and Terror:  Testimonies on Immigration [Miguel De La Torre, 2009]
Welcoming the Stranger:  Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate [Soerens & Hwang, 2009]
Illegal People:  How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants  [Bacon, 2008]


A Better Life 

Under the Same Moon 
In Search of the Divine   DVD Programs from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 
The Ties That Bind [Maryknoll World Productions]
Which Way Home
Dying to Live [Our Sunday Visitor and University of Notre Dame] Available to rent by contacting our office 
The Line in the Sand [CRS drama project]
Seven Soles 
Office for Social Justice_Issues_Immigration


Catholic Charities 

Office for Social Justice

60 Plato Boulevard East #230
(Drake Bank Bldg)
Saint Paul, MN 55107

Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis 1200 2nd Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55403  Tel: 612.204.8500
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