Inform yourself. Learn the protections that are built into the law. Know how you’ll respond in a crisis. Be ready to help when others face an emergency. Below you’ll find links to the documents that are most useful and practical. All are gathered from reliable sources, including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
- Archbishop Gomez Calls Decision to End DACA “A National Tragedy”
- 8 Things to Know About the Plan to Phase out DACA
Dreamers: DACA is ending, how does that affect you?
Instructions for Migration Week
January 7-14, 2018
As part of Migration Week, the Office of Immigration Affairs is collecting petition cards in support of DACA recipients. These petitions will be delivered to congressional representatives in Washington D.C. and here is how you can help:
1) Click here and enter the zip code for your parish (or share this link with parishioners) to identify your local representative.
2) Print copies of the Intention Cards and cut them into four cards.
3) Make the petitions available for your parishioners and ministries.
4) Have people address the cards to their representative and sign them, collecting as many as you can.
5) Mail the collected cards in one envelope by January 19, 2018 to our office:
Or you may also scan and email them to email@example.com
For questions or additional information, please call (213) 637-7484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparing your Family for Immigration Enforcement
A helpful 56 page guide in both English and Spanish providing information on your rights and how to prepare your family for immigration enforcement, including suggested checklists. By the Office of Justice & Peace. (Revised 3/17/2017)
“Know Your Rights” Card
To further support the work being done by parishes on immigration, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Dioceses of Orange and San Bernardino are distributing a “Know Your Rights Card” in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean.
Electronic versions of these cards are available below for download and printing. They are in Adobe PDF format.
Unite through Prayer
A collection of prayers and resources to help unite your parish community in prayer in support of our immigrant and refugee brothers and sister. Included are prayers of the faithful, a sample homily provided by the USCCB during the National Migration Week 2017, and the pamphlet, “A Journey of Hope Along the Migrant Trail: A Via Crucis.”
Responses to Frequently Asked Questions from Families on Immigration Policies and Resources in Catholic Schools
Answers to these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for you to use with the families and students in your Catholic schools.
Nine Ways to Protect Yourself from Enforcement Actions
Includes information on your rights and information on your local consulates. Courtesy of Justice for Immigrants
Transitioning to a New Administration: How to Assist Immigrants and Refugees
Information on the Bishops and the Catholic Church support for immigrants and refugees. (5pgs) Courtesy of USCCB & Justice for immigrants.
Los Angeles Consular Corps Directory
Find your consulate! Contact information for 104 consulates issued by the County of Los Angeles.
Justice for Immigrants Resource Portal
Additional informational resources updated by Justice for Immigrants.
Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project is a public interest legal organization serving the most vulnerable immigrants in the Los Angeles area. Esperanza is offering free consultations for anyone affected by executive orders and among other programs. Please call (213) 251-3505 for session times or to schedule an appointment. (Esperanza is located at 1530 James M Wood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015)
- Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)
- Los Angeles Consular Corps Directory (PDF)
- U.S. Passport Application for Children Under 16y
- USCCB President & VP Statement on Immigration
- Declaración por el presidente y vice presidente del USCCB en inmigración (doc)
- Text of Executive Order: Border Wall
- USCCB Statement on Sanctuary Cities
- Text of Executive Order: Sanctuary Cities
- USCCB Statement on Refugees
- Text of Executive Order: Refugees
- Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times: a pastoral reflection from the Administrative Committee of the USCCB