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CCHD grants $800,000 to promote immigration reform

Catholic World News - March 06, 2013

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, chairman of the US bishops’ subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), has announced that the anti-poverty agency has granted $800,000 to promote immigration reform.

Grant recipients include Catholic Legal Immigration Network, PICO National Network, and the US bishops’ own Justice for Immigrants Campaign.

“These grants represent a distinctively Catholic contribution in promoting comprehensive immigration reform,” said Bishop Soto. “They will strengthen the capacity of our institutions to help immigrant families come out from the shadows and participate more actively in American society.”

“There is an urgent need to mobilize resources efficiently in order to meet the challenge when the possibility for real immigration reform has never been closer,” he added. “The efforts being supported are rooted in Catholic social teaching about the dignity of the human person and reflect the Church's deep historic ties to generations of immigrants who have come to America.”

“With these recently announced grants, CCHD will have committed more than $3,500,000 in the past year to support grassroots organizations working locally on immigration reform,” the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated in a press release.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Mar. 07, 2013 12:10 AM ET USA

    Since immigration is a federal concern, I don't understand why $800k needs to be spent when a lot of people are still unemployed. CCHD will have spent $3.5m?? It seems that another kind of "reform" is needed.

  • Posted by: filioque - Mar. 06, 2013 6:29 PM ET USA

    Exactly. Why do the bishops never talk about the oppressive, unjust social and legal systems that force people to leave their countries for a precarious existence in the U.S.? Every immigrant would much prefer to make a life at home. My immigrant grandparents and great-grandparents did well here, but would have preferred to have been able to prosper in their home countries.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Mar. 06, 2013 3:13 PM ET USA

    There's a reason I never contribute to CCHD, and periodically, that reason comes to light, as it does in this article. I wonder if CCHD ever gave a grant for economic development in Mexico and Latin America.

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