The first full week in January has been designated by the Catholic Church in the United States as National Migration Week. This year, it is from Jan. 6 to Jan. 13. Its theme is: "We are Strangers No Longer: Our Journey of Hope Continues", in observance and commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the historic joint pastoral letter by the US and Mexico bishop conferences.
This newsletter joins in the commemoration, by addressing the issues of Immigration, starting with the teaching by Popes and Bishops and continuing by analyzing the obstacles to legal immigration, and why the US immigration system has not been updated for many decades, and it has now become unworkable. Then, striving to build a case for a change in our immigration system, the newsletter discusses the consequences of border enforcement and points to immigration reform as the solution.
The last segment about Immigration is a report by Phoenix Vincentians, who have visited recently the Kino Border Initiatives in Nogales, Sonora, where thousand of deportees find some temporary help, while deciding on their future.
The newsletter concludes with brief articles, repeating and updating some of the information given last month on Medicaid Expansion and on the Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, in February, and in Tucson, in March.
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Tucson Diocesan Council
Western Region Voice of the Poor Representative