Immigration in 2016 and Beyond

“There are more gang members in Honduras than police. And the police do nothing to help you because they are afraid of the gangs.”

“It costs $320/night for each toddler, woman and man in detention.  More than many hotel rooms. These are people who fled for their lives, seeking asylum. Half of them are children.”

“67% of the millennials that attend Mass are immigrants.”

Sisters M. Antonelle Chunka, Bernadette Marie Jimkoski, Maria Lorena Arvizu Zambrano and Maryann Agnes Mueller joined over 300 participants who gathered in Chicago last week to participate in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants Conference, “Moving Forward: Immigration in 2016 and Beyond.” The conference focused on migration issues which will confront the Church and nation in the months and years ahead. Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago delivered the keynote address. Dr. Donna M. Carroll, President of Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, delivered a lunch keynote which focused on the prophetic stance the University has taken in helping undocumented students.

Topics including strategies for pushing immigration reform legislation in the next Congress; policy responses to the migration of children and families from Central America; immigrant integration initiatives; and the reform of the U.S. immigrant detention system were discussed by experts from several organizations including the Archdiocese of Chicago, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services.

“Let us remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” If we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities.”

Pope Francis to Congress, September 20, 2015

Sister Maria Lorena joined about 100 participants who prayed the rosary at the Broadview Detention Center on Friday morning.

imm confSister Maria Lorena, Elena Segura, Director of Office for Immigrant Affairs and Education, Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Bernadette Marie Jimkoski, Sister Maryann Agnes Mueller, Sister Mary Antonelle Chunka.

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