In The Arena: Season 9, Episode 12

Monsignor Kieran Harrington and Fr. Patrick Keating discuss TPS on In the Arena.

In the most recent episode of In the Arena, host Monsignor Kieran Harrington sits down with Father Patrick Keating, CEO of Catholic Migration Services. The two discuss recent changes to TPS (Temporary Protective Status) while also addressing what Catholic Migration is doing to to assist clients and what the community could do to advocate on behalf of their neighbors.

Watch the full interview of In the Arena via NET TV: In The Arena: Season 9, Episode 12

Attorneys Hold Chilly Protest as Immigration Arrests at Court Surge

Dec. 7 protest against immigration arrests in NYS courthouses. Photo: Amanda Ottaway, Courthouse News Service

On a frigid Thursday afternoon hundreds of attorneys and community groups rallied at the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall against recent arrests of immigrants within New York State Courts. The rally demanded that the Office of Court Administration prevent court officers from collaborating with ICE while also calling attention to the arrests’ chilling effect on access to justice for all immigrants.

 

Read the full story via Courthouse News Service: Attorneys Hold Chilly Protest as Immigration Arrests at Court Surge

 

New York Officials Battle Wage Theft in Construction Industry

A proud win for clients featured in this article about wage theft in the construction industry. Catholic Migration Services alongside NICE (New Immigrant Community Empowerment Coalition) helped some of the Whisk Remodeling workers file claims with the New York Department of Labor, and also advocated to the New York Attorney General. The contractor pleaded guilty to defrauding it’s workers, and admitted owing them $90,000 in unpaid wages.

Read the full story from The New York Times: New York Officials Battle Wage Theft in Construction Industry

Immigrants Feel Strength in Numbers at Migration Mass

Representatives of the Indian Ministry pose for a photo on the church steps. Photo: Marie Elena Giossi, The Tablet

On Saturday, November 18th the Annual Diocesan Migration Day Mass was held at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Hundreds of the faith gathered in the breaking of the bread to celebrate the rich diversity of Brooklyn and Queens by honoring immigrant and ethnic communities. As in past years, the Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn advocated on behalf of the community, a voice for compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform.

 

Read the full story in The Tablet: Immigrants Feel Strength in Numbers at Migration Mass

Help Us Help Dreamers!

Help us help Dreamers!

Dreamers are recipients of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  They are young people who came to the U.S. before the age of 16 and are currently in school, a graduate of high school or equivalent, or honorably discharged from the U.S. military.   They also have a clean criminal record and have passed a background check.  The DACA registration is good for two years, after which the DACA recipient must again meet the same requirements in order to renew DACA for two more years.

An estimated 790,000 young people have undergone the rigorous vetting and are enrolled in the DACA program.

On September 5th, Attorney General Sessions announced that the current administration is terminating DACA. Current DACA recipients have only until October 5, 2017 to renew their status.

Terminating DACA will have immediate devastating consequences for DACA recipients. With your support, we will continue to reach out to the community to ensure that as many DACA recipients as possible renew their DACA status before the deadline of October 5th.

Please take action now to support the Dreamers by donating to Catholic Migration Services and earmarking your donation to support our DACA work.  We will use these funds to help Dreamers needing financial assistance pay the $495 fee charged by the government and to support our expanded efforts to assist Dreamers with their renewal applications.

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).