Compassionate Immigration Reform

10-6_Poster.jpgIn recognition of religious, economic and democratic imperatives in support of compassionate immigration reform, Central Texas Bishops and religious leaders launched a campaign for compassionate immigration reform with a prayer service and news conference on June 18, 2013.  
 
 
Since then, the Bishops have met with Congressmen Lamar Smith, Blake Farenthold and Lloyd Doggett.
 

2013 PRESS

October 6, 2013

Chamber Leaders Join Central Texas Clergy in Immigration Education Effort

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For the first time in Central Texas, leaders from two Chambers of Commerce joined clergy from Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith traditions for an afternoon of education about economic, business and legal perspectives on immigration reform.  This second event in a campaign organized by clergy leadership, drew 220 participants — about twice as many as the first one.  Testimonies from workers, divided families and DACA leaders highlighted the human cost; presentations by business leaders and legal experts outlined the economic and business costs of a lack of reform.  All urged participants to meet with their legislative representatives and to demonstrate a constituency of voters that support compassionate reform. 

Austin Interfaith Hosts Immigration Reform EventAustin American Statesman


June 17, 2013

Central Texas Bishops & Religious Leaders Call for Immigration Reform

Jacob Cortes, Austin Interfaith, Catholic Bishop Joe Vasquez

In a prayer service and press conference organized by Austin Interfaith, Central Texas Bishops and clergy from six religious denominations “pressed Tuesday for reforms centered on keeping families together and allowing unauthorized immigrants to earn legal residency with a path to citizenship….[stating] such principles are key to what they called just and humane immigration reforms.”

Central Texas Religious Leaders: Immigration Change Must be Just, Humane,Austin American Statesman [Printable version]

Lideres de Diversas Iglesias Alzan sus Plegarias por la Reforma MigratoriaUnivision 62