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Immigrant & Refugee Ministry

Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, Immigrant & Refugee Ministry fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. We serve and advocate for immigrants, refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking.

Courage & Compassion in the Midst of Fear: Interfaith Prayer Service
February 19, 2017 at 1:00pm - We commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Executive Order 9066 which mandated Japanese-American relocation to designated military areas. Join with the Abrahamic faith community for this prayer service & pilgrimage!

Archdiocesan Statements
Statement from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo Feb. 2, 2017
A response to the recent Executive Order regarding refugees.
Statement from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo [Spanish]
A response to the recent Executive Order regarding refugees.
Letter from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo Dec. 8, 2016
A letter of support for immigrant and refugee community members.
Letter from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo [Spanish]
A letter of support for immigrant and refugee community members.

Know Your Rights
JFI Know Your Rights Video [English]
Know your rights with immigration enforcement officers.
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JFI Know Your Rights Video [Spanish]
Conozca sus derechos frente a oficiales de inmigración.
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Nine Ways to Protect Yourself [English]
Nine Ways to Protect Yourself [Spanish]
Prepárese y Protéjase Nueve maneras de protegerse
Know Your Rights: A Collection of Resources
Resources from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

USCCB & CRS Responses to Executive Orders
Archdiocese Echos USCCB Statement on Executive Order Regarding Refugees
President and Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Stand in Defense of All Faiths in Response to Executive Order on Refugees
USCCB Position on Executive Order Regarding Border Wall
Committee on Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Administration’s Announcement to Build a Wall at U.S.-Mexico Border, Increase Detention and Deportation Forces.
USCCB Position on Executive Order Regarding Sanctuary Cities
USCCB Committee On Migration Chair Responds To Trump Administration Sanctuary City Executive Order
USCCB Position on Executive Order Regarding Refugees
USCCB Committee On Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Executive Order Because It Harms Vulnerable Refugee And Immigrant Families
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo's USCCB Letter
USCCB Migration Chairman Calls Upon Elected Officials and All Americans to Work Together to Welcome Refugees and Immigrants without Sacrificing Our Core Values and Security
CRS Response to Executive Orders
Head of CRS reacts to Executive Order banning refugees.
CRS Calls for Refugee Ban to be Suspended; More Humane Approach Needed
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) urges the Administration to suspend implementation of the January 27 Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”, until a more focused, targeted, and humane approach can be developed in consultation with relevant government agencies and other stakeholders.

Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration
The Catholic Church in the United States is an immigrant Church with a long history of embracing diverse newcomers and providing assistance and pastoral care to immigrants, migrants, refugees, and people on the move. Our Church has responded to Christ’s call for us to “welcome the stranger among us,” for in this encounter with the immigrant, the migrant, and the refugee in our midst, we encounter Christ.
Resource for Red Cards to Assert Rights
Red Cards were created to help people assert their rights and defend themselves against constitutional violations. Knowing and asserting rights can make a huge difference in many situations, such as when ICE agents go to a home. Red cards provide critical information on how to assert these rights, along with an explanation to ICE agents that the individual is indeed asserting their rights.
How Can We Assist Immigrants and Refugees?
Suggestions from the USCCB Justice for Immigrants.
Immigrant Parishioner Welcome Webinar (CLINIC)
Moving From Stranger to Neighbor: How to Incorporate Parish Volunteers into Newcomer Integration Initiatives
St. James Cathedral Addresses the Immigration Ban from the Pulpit
Father Michael G. Ryan's Homily on the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. James Immigrant Assistance Resource List
A comprehensive list of resources and information for immigrants, refugees, and allies.
Syrian Refugee Crisis: 7 Things You Can Do to Help
CRS action items in support of Syrian refugees.
Justice for Immigrants Website
We are one family under God.

Please urge Congress to help Syrian refugees
The plight of Syrian refugees is great. Ask Congress to support these sisters and brothers of ours by welcoming them, offering assistance and seeking an end to the war. You can send an email and you can call your members of Congress: 888-562-8232
Please Support the BRIDGE Act and Protect DACA Youth
Send this JFI action alert in support of immigrant youth

DACA & BRIDGE Act Materials
What is DACA?
Explanation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
BRIDGE Act Letter to the House
The USCCB offers a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives supporting the BRIDGE Act (S.128/H.R. 496), which protects DACA-eligible youth from deportation.
BRIDGE Act Talking Points
Suggestions from the USCCB for letters and legislative visits that advocate for the BRIDGE Act (S.128/H.R. 496).

In the News
Rejecting refugees defies 'God's Word' -- growing religious resistance to President Trump
The rising Seattle-area religious resistance to President Trump's immigration/refugee order was joined from the St. James Cathedral pulpit Sunday, as the Very Rev. Michael Ryan depicted the crackdown as contravening both "God's Word" and America's values.
Western Washington’s Catholic bishops have expressed concern over the Trump administration’s entry ban on refugees and Muslims.
Seattle Times Article on Christian Response to President Trump's Immigration Ban
Seattle-area worshippers mourn, denounce President Trump's immigration ban.
An Encounter with Dreamers Article
Northwest Catholic covers a recent event that sought to connect people with "Dreamers" from our area and around the country.
Northwest Catholic Article on Immigrant Dignity
As Trump talks deportation, bishop sends message on immigrants' dignity

National Migration Week 2017
Pope Francis' Special Video Message
A Message from the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Response to Pope Francis’ Video Message During National Migration Week.
Message from the President and Vice President of USCCB
Memo from Rev. Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, General Secretary highlighting message from the President and Vice President of USCCB on National Migration Week [English and Spanish]
USCCB National Migration Week
Resources from the USCCB, including the National Migration Week Toolkit
National Migration Week Insert
Learn facts and information about National Migration Week!
A Letter from the Heart of an Undocumented Immigrant
In recognition that this is National Migration Week and at the invitation of the National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Voice of the Poor Committee, for the first time I am telling my story of coming to the United States as an undocumented immigrant.

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