“Let me tell you a tale of two Sundays that I personally witnessed. The first Sunday a family of four was praying in my parish church. The next Sunday it was a family of three. The father and breadwinner was deported for a minor infraction that occurred almost a decade earlier. The wife and mother was alone and the children now without their father. No one benefited – not the family and not the nation.” An executive action might have protected the unity and ensured the stability of this family.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York stands at the ready to help eligible immigrants respond to this new opportunity. We will provide accurate and timely information through our New Americans Hotline. We will also assist immigrants to comply with the provisions of this executive order so they can obtain the new protections and authorizations it affords.
While we are positive about the protections afforded vulnerable families by this executive order, there is undoubtedly more work to be done. We continue to maintain that comprehensive immigration reform is necessary and thus advocating for such will be an ongoing part of Catholic Charities’ efforts.