Migration and Refugee Services
Catholic Charities has a tradition of integrating newcomers into the social fabric of the nation, supporting the integration of various immigrant populations in the metro region for nearly 50 years, working at the legislative level and with immigrants as they begin the transition of making the United States their home.
Catholic Charities' Migration and Refugee Services helps bring families together.
They work to unite families with those who are still in harm’s way in their home country. They help parents who dream of a better future for their children here in America and assist refugees, asylees and immigrants as they attempt to navigate the sea of paperwork involved with building a new home in America. Our focus is on reuniting families and helping them assimilate to life in Minnesota. We assist with filing for permanent residency and naturalization and completing other paperwork. The program is affiliated with Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), which trains staff to offer approved services.
- Assistance with paperwork for family reunification of eligible refugees and asylees
- Assistance with immigration forms and processes
- Basic immigration services to low-income individuals at minimal cost; staff are accredited by
the federal Board of Immigration Appeals
First priority to serve those arriving through United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Additional Migration & Refugee Services: Hispanic Outreach, Reception and Placement and Refugee Cash Assistance
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) is an opportunity for young immigrants to build a future in the country they call home. Created in June, 2012, DACA helps provide eligible applicants with a temporary two-year legal status. It allows students who were brought to the United States by their parents to further their education. With DACA, youth are protected from removal for two years, granted a work permit and have the ability to apply for a Social Security number and a Minnesota driver's license or state identification card.
In February, Catholic Charities launched a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Catholic Charities partnered with Holy Rosary/Santo Rosario Catholic Church in MInneapolis and the University of St. Thomas Law School, as well as many volunteers, attorneys and law students recruited from the four area law schools. The project works to make low cost immigration legal serves to community members who a short time ago were at risk of deportation.
DACA is available to immigrants who:
- Came to the U.S. before age 16
- Are at least age 15 at the time they apply for DACA (children in immigration removal proceedings can apply at a younger age)
- Were less than age 31 and without legal status on 6/15/12
- Have lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years continuously, as of 6/15/12
- Meet certain educational and personal conduct requirements
For a complete description of the requirements and procedures, visit www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals
The U.S. Senate's immigration reform bill, (the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act) is a bi-partisan effort to address the problems of the nation's immigration system. With the existing system, there is no pathway for undocumented immigrants to become American citizens.
Not only impacting the economy as workers, immigrants add to the economy, accounting for tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue and consumer spending. According to data from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, undocumented immigrants in Minnesota paid $81.7 million in state and local taxes in 2010.
With immigration reform, undocumented immigrants would have a pathway to citizenship and opportunities to unite families would be expanded. Just immigration reform strengthens anti-poverty efforts and protects American borders while also providing due-process for migrating families.