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Immigration reform call-in days

Here's some new information regarding upcoming Justice for Immigrants national call-in days. Next Wednesday, June 11th is a “Leadership Call-in Day” that will send calls to the House offices of Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, and Majority Whip McCarthy. On Friday, June 13th there will be another national call-in day directed to Members’ district offices. The toll-free number to [...]

By |June 6th, 2014|Immigration and Refuges, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Immigration reform call-in days

National call-in day on immigration reform; Governor signs adoption tax credit

To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM Tomorrow, May 29, is a national “call-in day” to Congress in support of immigration reform. To participate, dial this toll-free number, 1-855-589-5698, to be automatically connected to your U.S. House Member and ask them to: Vote for immigration reform, Support a path to [...]

By |May 29th, 2014|News and Legislative Updates, Newsletter|Comments Off on National call-in day on immigration reform; Governor signs adoption tax credit

Immigration and Refugees

A bill to set up a pilot program in Iowa to assist refugees, Senate File 2270, has been sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. The bill would allocate about $2.2 million to help community organizations train refugees to help other refugees access community resources.First, refugees are present in the U.S. legally. They are [...]

By |May 13th, 2014|Immigration and Refuges|Comments Off on Immigration and Refugees

Review of the 2014 legislative session

This is our complete report on the 2014 Iowa legislative session from the perspective of the Iowa Catholic Conference. The following pages review our key legislative and advocacy work during the 2014 session. The amount of space taken to explain an issue does not necessarily correspond to its priority during the session. The second year [...]

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Immigration Reform 2013

Once again, Congress is considering the reform of our country’s broken immigration system. Many immigrants have been forced to leave their homes and countries in order to provide even for the most basic needs of themselves and their families. The desperation of their circumstances does not correspond to the inordinate length of time (sometimes over 15 [...]

By |February 13th, 2014|Policy Briefs|Comments Off on Immigration Reform 2013

Health Care 2013

Health Care Coverage  May 3, 2013 We, the Catholic bishops of Iowa, are grateful that the governor and the Iowa Legislature are debating how to make health care coverage more readily available to low-income Iowans. The Catholic Church has millennia of experience as providers of health care for all, especially the poor. Among the causes [...]

By |February 13th, 2014|Policy Briefs|0 Comments

Labor and the Common Good 2011

Recently there have been efforts in several Midwestern states, including here in Iowa, to limit the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. Accordingly, now is a suitable time to recall the Catholic Church’s teaching on the common good and the rights of workers. We also reflect upon the responsibilities which accompany these rights, as [...]

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20-Week Abortion Ban 2011

We are writing to express our support for House File 657, which would prohibit late-term abortions in Iowa. For us, this is a question of the common good. Human life is precious and should be protected in our laws. Protecting the lives of these children about to be born should not be considered primarily a [...]

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Marriage Amendment 2009

Statement on an Iowa Constitutional Amendment regarding Marriage “Marriage is a basic human and social institution. Though it is regulated by civil laws and church laws, it did not originate from either the church or state, but from God. Therefore, neither church nor state can alter the basic meaning and structure of marriage. “Marriage, whose [...]

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Immigration Reform 2006

Iowa Catholic Conference A Statement on Immigration Reform May 24th, 2006 Updated February 2008 In his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) Pope Benedict XVI speaks of the love which God lavishes upon us and which we in turn must share with others. He states that love needs to be organized if it [...]

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