|Pope Francis greets refugees at Centro Astali, the Jesuit Refugee Service center in Rome. (JRS file photo)|
(Washington, D.C.) January 10, 2017 — This week, the Catholic Church in the United States celebrates National Migration Week, an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, and victims and survivors of human trafficking.
On January 15, we commemorate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees by placing a special focus on the most vulnerable who are displaced from their homes: children. Pope Francis says, "I ask everyone to help those who, for various reasons, are forced to live far from their homeland and are separated from their families."
As the U.S. prepares to usher in a new Administration and Congress, please send a message to your policymakers today letting them know that we must uphold the dignity of all migrants and refugees, both here in the U.S. and abroad.
With more than 65 million people displaced from their homes, we are currently witnessing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Children and adults are fleeing violence around the globe — in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and closer to home in Central America.
In the U.S., immigrants who have been part of our communities for years experience the threat of detention, deportation, and family separation. It is imperative that our communities continue to provide a warm and welcoming presence to newcomers, so that they know they belong and can contribute to our communities' ongoing prosperity.
Thank you for taking action today.
Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., President
Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States
Fr. Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J., Interim Executive Director
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA