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Theology of Migration Project - Issue Overview and Resources

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A presentation designed by Jill Marie Gerschutz, Junior Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center.

A presentation designed by Jill Marie Gerschutz, Junior Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center.

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  • 1. And You Welcomed Me: Migration and Catholic Social Teaching Jill Marie Gerschutz Theology of Migration Project Woodstock Theological Center
  • 2. The Immigrant Experience
  • 3. Why is the Church involved in the Immigration Debate?
    • The Church is one human family across the globe;
    • We are an immigrant church;
    • Immigration is a metaphor for our faith.
    • Our faith calls us.
  • 4. Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
      • Dignity of immigrants
      • Common Good of society
      • Preferential option for the poor and economic justice
      • Authentic Development
      • Solidarity
  • 5. Path to Legalization… DREAM!
    • Pulls migrants out of the shadows, ensuring rights
    • Holds migrants accountable as residents
    • Requirements: pay fine; learn English, civics; sign up for selective service, etc.
  • 6. Family Unification
    • Raids and deportation policies tear families apart;
    • The government should prioritize family unity and
    • Expedite family visa processing.
    Photo taken by Christian Fuchs, JRS/USA
  • 7. Increase in Paths to Legal Work
    • An increase in visas will reduce pressure at the border and allow for legal migration;
    • Legal migration affords a level playing field for all workers, and better protections .
  • 8. Development of Migrant-Sending Countries
    • Push factors: better wages, poverty, inability to compete
    • Pull factors: cheaper labor, lack of workforce, family unity
    • Authentic development provides a right to migrate – or not.
  • 9. Principles for Comprehensive Reform
      • Legalization of Undocumented
      • Expedited Family Reunification
      • Legal Work Oppty
      • Restoration of Due Process
      • Development of Sending Countries
  • 10. Solidarity
    • Lobbying & Advocacy
    • Letter-writing campaigns
    • Awareness-raising
    • Accompanying immigrants through ESL, etc.
    • Curriculum development
    • Research
  • 11. Who is our neighbor?
  • 12.  
  • 13. Resources For More Information:
      • Justice for Immigrants Campaign www.justiceforimmigrants.org
      • Woodstock Theological Center
      • www.andyouwelcomedme.org
      • Migration Policy Institute
      • www.migrationpolicy.org
      • National Immigration Forum: www.immigrationforum.org
      • American Immigration Law Foundation: www.ailf.org