Immigration is the key theme of the January 2014 Voice of the Poor newsletter. It describes issues, possible solutions and applicable Catholic teaching. Every year, the US Catholic Bishops declare the first full week of January as National Migration week: a time to advocate for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and to express solidarity with our suffering migrant brothers and sisters.
At the bottom of page 3, the newsletter indicates a link that provides the opportunity to send an e-postcard, supporting Immigration Reform, to your members of Congress. Please do so repeatedly, not just this week, but in the future as well. The link leads to the “Justice for Immigrants” web site, which has a wealth of information on Immigration issues.
In the appendix, Tucson Vincentians will find an opportunity to express solidarity with migrants through a pilgrimage to the San Pedro Chapel, a place of worship built especially for migrant workers about one hundred years ago.
Starting on page 4, the newsletter challenges us to reflect on some unacceptable situations, which require urgent remedy, and goes on explaining in some detail our Catholic positions on Immigration.
Finally, the newsletter analyses the important work that Congress needs to do, now that the legislative sessions have started, after the holiday break. It calls us to hold our elected representatives accountable through our active participation to public life.
As usual, please let me know any comments or suggestions that you might have.
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