Borders & Immigration Initiative

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 Upcoming Events

The Social Awareness Committee is not meeting during the summer months. This list will be updated in September.

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Ways to Help

Aid for Migrant Women and Children

Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona,  www.ccs-soaz.org/x ncies-ministries/detail/alitas-aid-for-migrant-women-and-children

Aid for Migrant Women and Children serve migrant mothers with children and pregnant women who:

    • Have been released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
    • May travel to join family members already in the United States
    • Are awaiting an immigration hearing

Their Hospitality Center gives travelers a safe place to rest, rehydrate, eat, and care for their children. We provide a change of clothes, hygiene items, and a chance to wash up. Volunteers greet the travelers and help them contact family members and arrange bus transportation. Women and children receive travel bags filled with essential items before they leave. Travelers who are unable to depart the day they are released may spend the night at the home of a trusted volunteer or at Casa Alitas, a small home in Tucson staffed by volunteers and Catholic Community Services.

Donation items need to be dropped off at Catholic Community Services, 140 W. Speedway (north entrance), Suite 130, Tucson; Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Donation items needed are:

    • Food for bus trips: Gatorade, Pedialyte, Ramen noodle cups (chicken), granola bars, crackers, cereal cups, dried fruit and nuts (non-melting ingredients), beef jerky, bottled water
    • Travel size toiletry items: Hair combs/brushes, deodorant, Chapstick/lip balm
    • Baby/child care items: Baby bottles (no inserts), sippy cups, baby formula (powder or liquid)
    • Miscellaneous items: Shoe laces for children’s and adult shoes; shoes for children, women and young men; hair ties for women and children, baseball hats for young men/boys, strap-on baby carriers for moms to carry their babies against their chests, backpacks, travel blankets

Monetary donations are gratefully accepted. Please make checks payable to and send to Catholic Community Services, 140 W. Speedway, Suite 230, Tucson, AZ, 85705; memo “for immigrant women and children.”

Humane Borders

Humane Bordersis a local humanitarian organization that provides water stations in the desert to prevent migrant deaths by dehydration. HB is sponsored by churches, human rights organizations, corporations and legal advocacy groups. There are approximately 100 water stations in the southern Arizona region. Humane Borders welcomes volunteers to drive the water trucks. Commitment is biweekly, more or less. Training is provided; no previous experience is expected. Humane Borders has necessary permits, is legal, sanctioned, and safe. Contact Humane Borders: (520) 398-5053, Tucson, info@humaneborders.org, http://www.humaneborders.org

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Parish Border Immersion Trip to Agua Prieta

Update: Here is a short video of this trip.

 

On Saturday, February 21, 15 of our fellow parishioners spent an enlightening and educational day viewing first hand life in the border town of Agua Prieta, Sonora and learning of the programs that various groups are providing to help alleviate the suffering that some of the town’s residents experience on a daily basis.

Click here for the full story and photos of their trip.

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Use the following links to learn more about border and immigration issues:

Biblical References to Refugees

Catholic Resources

How to Contact members of Congress

Recommended Books

Recommended Videos/Movies

Suggested Prayers

Websites and Social Media