A variety group of Catholic organizations, together with many linked to the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) all through the Americas, is encouraging Catholic bishops all through the US, Mexico, and Central America to work collaboratively to guard migrants and enhance life within the communities they’re fleeing from.
In a letter dated June 17, over 160 organizations urged the leaders of the Catholic bishops’ conferences in the US, Mexico, and Central America to “hear the cries of our brothers and sisters on the transfer and reply with daring management.” Noting the promise of a brand new U.S. Administration to deal with the foundation causes of migration the group highlighted three key areas for collective motion by the Catholic Church: 1. Responding humanely to elevated migration; 2. Placing immigrants within the U.S. on a pathway to citizenship; and three. Addressing the underlying circumstances that pressure folks emigrate.
The encouraging name to motion to Catholic bishops comes as faith-based many organizations, together with the Ignatian Solidarity Community and Jesuit Convention Workplace of Justice and Ecology, have been advocating for legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and Momentary Protected Standing (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders.
The letter was spearheaded by Religion in Motion and Hope Border Institute. Signatories linked to the Ignatian community and Jesuit works within the U.S. included: Ignatian Solidarity Community, Jesuit Refugee Service USA, Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States Office of Justice & Ecology, Jesuit Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean, USA Jesuits West Province, Kino Border Initiative, Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, and St. Francis Xavier Church in Phoenix, AZ. And in Latin America: Red Jesuita con Migrantes Latinoamérica y el Caribe (RJM-LAC), Red Jesuita con Migrantes Centro y Norteamérica (RJM-CANA), and Servicio Jesuita a Refugiados México. The letter was additionally signed by over 50 girls spiritual communities, lots of who minister to migrants all through the area.
For the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the letter’s arrival was well timed coming amid their semi-annual assembly going down June 16-18, just about as a result of COVID-19.