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In Jesus, God knew what it meant to be a migrant and poor. Jesus gave us a blueprint in the Parable of the Good Samaritan of what our Gospel adventure involves. We should not fear the migrant or the poor. We can learn and be enriched by persons who are different to us. In fidelity to our Lasallian identity and ideals, we can discern what is right and just.

Lasallian Reflection 1: A Gospel Adventure 

ACTION ALERT

H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 has passed the House. Please contact your Senators and ask them to support it.  SUMMARY and ADVOCACY Information can be found below.

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

The House Judiciary Committee is planning to mark-up H.R. 6 in early May, with the bill hopefully moving to the House floor for action soon afterward. This is a critical time to ensure that members of the U.S. House of Representatives hear your voice and understand the importance of moving this legislation toward enactment. 

  1. Find a bipartisan solution to protect Dreamers that offers a path to citizenship.
    The approximately 1.8 million Dreamers living in this country were brought here as young people. Dreamers know America as their only home and should not be denied the opportunity to obtain US citizenship and participate fully in civic life.
  2. Find a permanent legal solution for TPS Holders.
    Congressional lawmakers need to work in a bipartisan manner to address the long-term TPS recipients.
  3. Maintain Protection for Unaccompanied Children and Asylum Seekers.
    A solution for Dreamers and TPS holders cannot be at the expense of other immigrant children and their families. Reject any legislation that threatens existing protections for unaccompanied children and asylum seekers, as these protections help prevent trafficking and abuse and ensure their access to adequate care and due process. See USCCB Office Migration and Refugee Services or contactAshely Feasley AFeasley@usccb.org
  4. Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act
    Urge Congress to preserve funding for Fiscal Year 2020 to at least FY 2019 proposed levels for poverty-reducing development and humanitarian programs that save lives, address the root causes of conflicts, reduce crushing poverty, and support the record number of 68 million forcibly displaced persons around the world, including 24 million refugees.

All suggested legislative actions are in alignment with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.