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Immigration Reform

ICE and Family Detention - Update

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, welcomes the July 13 announcement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that, moving forward, “ICE will generally not detain mothers with children, absent a threat to public safety or national security, if they have received a positive finding for credible or reasonable fear and the individual has provided a verifiable residential address.” This continues to build on the reforms announced by ICE in May and Secretary Jeh Johnson in June, and serves as an important and significant step forward in implementing these changes.

Blog: Laudato Si’ -- A NETWORK Associate’s Perspective

Jun 19, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

When I was a kid, my family always took what I initially considered to be the strangest vacations. While my friends flew off to Disney World, I flew off to…Wyoming. And Alaska, Arizona, and California. While my friends enjoyed amusement park rides, I quickly grew to love hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and kayaking.

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Press Release: NETWORK Celebrates Pope Francis’s Encyclical

FOR RELEASE: June 18, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

InterConnection Issue Updates-- June 2015

Tax Justice: Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit

Many have believed it possible for the new Republican leadership in Congress and President Obama to reach some consensus on tax reform. Since Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) became chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in January, he has tried with Senate Finance Committee chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and the president to outline possible reform packages.

June 2015 Update on our Issue Agenda

Tax Justice: Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit

By Colleen Ross, Government Relations Associate

Many have believed it possible for the new Republican leadership in Congress and President Obama to reach some consensus on tax reform. Since Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) became chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in January, he has tried with Senate Finance Committee chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and the president to outline possible reform packages.

Blog: Yet Another Ugly Amendment Directed at Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers!

Jun 08, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

On June 3, the House of Representatives passed its fourth spending bill of 2015, the Commerce-Justice-Science (CSJ) bill. However, it was not without an anti-immigrant attack, this time by Representative Steve King (R-IA-04). His amendment, which passed 222-204, prohibits the use of any funding by the Department of Justice to continue its legal battles concerning President Obama’s November 2014 executive actions.

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Blog: Yet Another Ugly Amendment Directed at Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers!

Jun 08, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

On June 3, the House of Representatives passed its fourth spending bill of 2015, the Commerce-Justice-Science (CSJ) bill. However, it was not without an anti-immigrant attack, this time by Representative Steve King (R-IA-04). His amendment, which passed 222-204, prohibits the use of any funding by the Department of Justice to continue its legal battles concerning President Obama’s November 2014 executive actions.

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Blog: Why Detention for Immigrants, Especially Immigrant Families, Must End

May 27, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

“Unlocking Human Dignity: A Plan to Transform the U.S. Immigrant Detention System,” a new scathing joint report from the Migration and Refugee Services/United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Center for Migration Studies (CMS), speaks of the baleful effects of immigrant detention on the lives of persons who pose no threat or danger, but are treated like criminals.

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Blog: Just, Unjust, or A Little of Both: the Inexorable Movement toward Ending Family Detention

May 21, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

Detaining women and children in so-called “family detention centers” is completely morally unacceptable.

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Blog: Attempts to Abolish Birthright Citizenship

Apr 30, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

What are lawmakers David Vitter (R-LA), Steve King (R-Iowa) and numerous co-sponsors of the “Birthright Citizenship Act” thinking of, as they try to gut the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Both Vitter and King have previously attempted to prevent children born in the U.S. of foreign national parents from gaining automatic U.S.

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