Advocacy

CCUSA Advocacy and Social Policy team advocates for policies that uphold human dignity and promote integral human development. Informed by the experience of local Catholic Charities agencies, we urge policy makers to see the faces of those in need in their communities and to create policies which assist and support them.

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Recent Letters & Statements

Statement from Catholic Charities USA on USCIS Public Charge Final Rule

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is deeply concerned with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) final rule on public charge, scheduled for formal publication in the Federal Register on August 14, 2019.[1]  The rule will harm vulnerable immigrant communities and families by limiting access to social safety net programs and further impact them by removing access …

Statement from Catholic Charities USA on immigration raids in Mississippi

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) voices its strong concern regarding the Jackson, Mississippi immigration raids that resulted in family separations and traumatized children. The raid occurred on the community’s first day of school, resulting in children arriving home fearful as to why their parents were not there to greet them. Reports describe chaotic scenes where children relied on …

CCUSA opposes the interim final rule on Asylum Eligibility and Procedures.

CCUSA issued comments today opposing the final interim rule on Asylum Eligibility and Procedures.  It attempts to deny asylum as a form of immigration relief for migrants.  The rule’s legal & policy ramifications will negatively affect due process rights, likely lead to increased human smuggling, and place a tremendous burden on regional countries with insufficient …

Why We Do It

Catholic Charities upholds the dignity of every human person

Pope Francis says, "the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics." Our Catholic faith calls us to serve the most vulnerable and to advocate for justice in social structures. CCUSA and the entire Catholic Charities ministry has a responsibility to advocate for just policy positions and to share our experience of serving those in need.

“The Church cannot and must not take upon herself the political battle to bring about the most just society possible. She cannot and must not replace the State. Yet at the same time she cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice. She has to play her part…”

DEUS CARITAS EST, NO. 28

Javier’s story

When a medical crisis sent a recent immigrant into a downward spiral, he lacked the safety net to rebound to self-sufficiency. Catholic Social Services’ Guadalupe Center staff intervened to prevent his family from becoming homeless. When Javier relocated to Columbus from Venezuela, he found stable work doing construction and settled his wife and 5-year old …

If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,’ but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?

JAMES 2:15-16