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DACA Fact Sheets Released by Catholic Migration Services

Catholic Migration Services is deeply troubled and saddened by the Trump administration’s lack of commitment to immigrant youth. On September 5th 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration was rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). DACA was a program put in place by President Obama to protect young people from deportation if they had been brought to the U.S. as children, and to enable them to lawfully work. An estimated 800,000 children and young adults across the country applied for, and were granted DACA status. These DACA recipients have been able to finish school and obtain jobs, contribute to our economy and communities, and live without the constant fear of deportation.

For more information on the government’s termination of the DACA program and what it means to current DACA recipients, see our fact sheets in English and Spanish. For advice or assistance with DACA renewal applications, please call us at (718) 236-3000 (Brooklyn) or (347) 472-3500 (Queens).

RSVP for the 2016 Shining Star Award Dinner!

RSVP NOW for the 2016 Shining Star Award Dinner and celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Catholic Migration Services!

Dinner 1 will be held Friday, October 14, 2016, and will honor Shining Stars from the following ministries: Czech/Slovak, Korean, Vietnamese, Ghanaian, Indonesian, Nigerian, Irish, Mexican, Colombian, West Indian, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Ecuador and Cuban. The dinner will start at 6:30 and will be held at Gargiulo’s on Coney Island.

Dinner 2 will be held Friday, October 21, 2016, and will honor Shining Stars from the following ministries: Polish, Ukranian, Russian, Croatian, Italian, Chinese, Indian Latin Rite, Lithuanian, Filipino, Pakistani, Brazilian, Guatemala, Haitian and African-American. The dinner will start at 6:30 and will be held at Gargiulo’s on Coney Island.

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Housing Attorney Kenny Minaya in NY Daily News!

Kenny Minaya, housing attorney and coordinator of the CMS Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program (ITAP), was recently mentioned in an article by the New York Daily News. Read more about the work we are doing in support of affordable housing for low-income immigrant tenants by following this link.

Congratulations to Kenny and everyone supporting the incredible work of ITAP!

A Chance to See Matthew Desmond, Author of ‘Evicted’

Evicted book cover for Matthew Desmond postMatthew Desmond, author of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” will be at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU on Wednesday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m.

The event, hosted by the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition, is free and will be followed by a cocktail reception. Desmond and his book were recently featured in The New York Times.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square, second floor
Register here

CMS helps children in foster care become US citizens

NAC_Monyfa Over the years, Catholic Migration Services has helped countless permanent residents on their path to become US citizens. Recently, two very special clients attended ceremonies to become proud new Americans.

Daniel Marshall and Monyfa Alexander, who both came to the US from Guyana as children and entered into New York’s foster care system, were referred to our Citizenship and Integration Program from Heart Share St. Vincent’s Services. Working together with their caseworkers from the foster agency, immigration counselors at CMS were able to help Daniel and Monyfa obtain fee waivers for the application and guide them through all of the steps in the naturalization process.

Now that they have become citizens, Daniel and Monyfa are able to further pursue their dreams of voting in the upcoming elections and working toward college degrees. Read more about these inspiring new Americans in a blog post by our partners at the New Americans Campaign.


Congratulations, Daniel and Monyfa! If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a US citizen, call us on our Citizenship Hotline at (646) 597-8797.