Understanding and responding to “anti-sanctuary city” legislation

With the passage of Senate File 481, the state of Iowa has changed the relationship of local law enforcement with the Immigration Control Enforcement agency. The bishops of Iowa opposed the legislation, known as the "anti-sanctuary city" bill, and encourage Catholics throughout Iowa to learn more about their own Fourth Amendment rights and how they [...]

By |April 23rd, 2018|Human Life and Dignity, Immigration and Refuges, Issues, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Understanding and responding to “anti-sanctuary city” legislation

Bishops ask for veto of immigration enforcement legislation – Senate File 481

We, the Catholic Bishops of Iowa, have voiced principled opposition to Senate File 481 and are profoundly disappointed that it was passed by the Legislature. We ask Governor Reynolds to do the right thing and veto the bill. This is the right thing to do, because Iowans should be looking to help immigrants, not to harass them. [...]

By |April 8th, 2018|Human Life and Dignity, Immigration and Refuges, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Bishops ask for veto of immigration enforcement legislation – Senate File 481

ICC Youtube video on immigration policy issues

With the help of the Diocese of Des Moines, the Iowa Catholic Conference has produced a short video about current federal and state immigration policy issues and what you can do to help. Take a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85E43w7bjqQ&feature=youtu.be. To send a message to your members of Congress, click here: https://votervoice.net/ICC/home.

By |January 8th, 2018|Immigration and Refuges, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on ICC Youtube video on immigration policy issues

Iowa bishops support DACA youth – Sept. 1, 2017

The Catholic bishops of Iowa have contacted Iowa’s congressional delegation in support of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) youth and the Dream Act of 2017. You are encouraged to contact our members of Congress on the issue as well at https://votervoice.net/ICC/home. The text of the Iowa Catholic Conference letter is as follows: The Iowa Catholic Conference supports [...]

By |September 1st, 2017|Immigration and Refuges, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates, Policy Briefs, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Iowa bishops support DACA youth – Sept. 1, 2017

ICC supports RefugeeRISE bill

(Update: $300,000 in funding for RefugeeRISE made it into the state budget!) The Iowa Catholic Conference supports SF 2298, a bill to support Iowa workforce needs and provide job readiness skills to refugees in Iowa. The legislation proposes collaboration between the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Services and the Iowa Department of Human Services to fund [...]

By |April 7th, 2016|Immigration and Refuges, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on ICC supports RefugeeRISE bill

Statement on Syrian refugees – November 2015

Nov. 17, 2015 The recent movement of 27 governors in the United States to apparently oppose entrance to Syrian refugees to their respective states (CNN, 11/16/2015) revives an embarrassing experience in our country’s history. During World War II, those of Japanese nationality in the United States were rounded up and placed in confinement. In the [...]

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Iowa bishops’ statement on humanitarian situation at the border – June 2014

A November 2013 report from the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on Migration alerted us to the ongoing increase in migration of unaccompanied children across the border. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since the beginning of the year. The report found a “perfect storm” of reasons leading to this phenomenon, including [...]

By |June 26th, 2014|Immigration and Refuges, News and Legislative Updates, Policy Briefs|Comments Off on Iowa bishops’ statement on humanitarian situation at the border – June 2014

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

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