Stewards of the Earth

A Resource brought to you by the Social Justice Committee of Holy Cross Parish
10.16.2020  [printable version]

All of God’s Creation

October is Respect Life Month, a time for Catholics to reflect more deeply on the sacred dignity of human life.

IMMIGRANTS AND MIGRANTS

 Every human being is a child of God! He or she bears the image of Christ! We ourselves need to see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected, and loved.

~ Pope Francis, message for The World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 2014

In his new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti (Brothers All), Pope Francis describes steps he says countries should take to integrate migrants more adeptly. He says businesses should direct themselves to eliminate poverty, “especially through the creation of diversified work opportunities.” He says people born into privilege must remember that others — the poor, the disabled — need a “proactive state” more than they do. “Other cultures are not ‘enemies’ from which we need to protect ourselves, but differing reflections of the inexhaustible richness of human life.”

IMMIGRATION ACTIONS

Detention Centers

“On April 6, 2018, the administration announced a “zero tolerance” immigration policy that requires every undocumented adult immigrant and asylum seeker in the U.S. to be criminally prosecuted under federal law. As a result, over 2,000 children were forcibly separated from their families, labeled ‘unaccompanied,’ and transported to remote shelters around the country. After intense political backlash, on June 20, 2018, an executive order ended family separation by requiring that children be detained with their parents in family detention centers instead. The reunification plan for families already separated remains unclear.” (Worth Rises, a non-profit advocacy organization)

More than 100 ICE detention centers are operated by for-profit corporations. Nationwide, an estimated 72% of people held in ICE custody are in some kind of privatized detention facility. (Southern Policy Law Center)

Proposed Regulation Violates Immigrants’ Privacy

“In September 2020, the Department of Homeland Security published a proposed ruling that would vastly expand collection of biometric data, including iris scans, palm- and voice-prints, facial recognition images, and DNA, from immigrants. Currently, most immigrants are only required to submit fingerprints, signatures, and photos. The new ruling would also extend these biometric data requirements to U.S. citizens who sponsor immigrants.

The Department of Homeland Security claims that it needs this information to ascertain identity, avoid fraud and confirm family relationships. However, this move raises serious privacy issues including the use and long-term retention of this very personal data. The American Civil Liberties Union notes that Department of Homeland Security has not indicated if and how these changes are related to any specific security need. The new ruling would also apply to persons under fourteen years of age.” (Sisters of Mercy Justice Team)

Join the movement of thousands of people of faith pledging to: “Vote with love in action in mind so as to protect life, respect human dignity, and promote the common good, including God’s gift of creation.

Pledge to “Vote with Love in Action”

“As people of faith, we do not seek to elect only those who believe as we do. We believe that our faith calls us to advocate for the common good for all. For that reason, we will elect leaders who commit to an ethic of love in their public and political lives.” (2020 Vote Common Good)

For more information on Social Justice Committee of Holy Cross Parish, contact Mary Nolan: mlnolan752@yahoo.com