Diocese of Toledo Bishop Daniel E. Thomas and the U.S. Bishops are calling for a National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers on Monday, February 26, asking the faithful across the nation to call their Members of Congress to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB President; Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB Vice President; and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, in a joint statement said:
“We are deeply disappointed the Senate was not able to come together in a bipartisan manner to secure legislative protection for the Dreamers. With the March 5th deadline looming, we ask once again that Members of Congress show the leadership necessary to find a just and humane solution for these young people, who daily face mounting anxiety and uncertainty.
“Our faith compels us to stand with the vulnerable, including our immigrant brothers and sisters. We have done so continually, but we must show our support and solidarity now in a special way. Now is the time for action.”
A free informational meeting, lunch and children’s activities will be held following the Noon Mass at S.S. Peter & Paul Church, 738 S. St. Clair Street, Toledo, OH 43609.
Learn your rights, including the most recent changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and Deportation Priorities. Attorneys with the Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) will be on hand to counsel families on what the most recent changes mean for them.
This Immigration event is an outgrowth of the Immigration Task Force Bishop Daniel Thomas convened last year to assist undocumented individuals living in the Diocese of Toledo.
“This inaugural event is designed to inform individuals of their rights and open up opportunities and pathways to eventual citizenship,” says Rodney Schuster, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo. “We hope to conduct similar programs throughout the diocese, especially where there are large Hispanic populations.”
The event is being presented by the Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, ABLE, Adelante, Water for Ishmael, Project Hope – Proyecta Esperanza, Welcome TLC and En Camino at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
This event is made possible through the support of ProMedica.
For more information, call Mary Torres at S.S. Peter & Paul Church at 419.241.5822.