Current Issues

Current Issues



Despite the continued global need, the number of refugees resettled by the United States has plummeted this year. For Fiscal Year 2018, our country set an annual goal to admit 45,000 refugees, the lowest target in the history of the refugee program. In addition to this low resettlement target, it is deeply concerning that at the halfway point of FY18, the U.S. has resettled a mere 9,616 refugees. At this rate, the program is not even on pace to reach 20,000 refugees, half of the year’s low refugee admissions target.

In light of this year’s troubling admissions, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration will be issuing a letter voicing support for refugees and the U.S. resettlement program. As we approach the half way mark for resettlement, we need your help to lift-up the Catholic community’s voice in support of refugees.



Negative Rhetoric on Immigration

The president and anti-immigrant groups are reframing family-based immigration as “chain migration.” This dehumanizing rhetoric has real consequences. Proposals in Congress right now would bar U.S. citizens and green card holders from sponsoring their siblings, parents and adult children – destroying families and dreams.

Faith in Public Life and Church World Service are joining together to counter this dangerous narrative.  They are trying to develop a new values-based message and action steps to protect families and defeat toxic rhetoric

Right now, we are facing a coordinated, dangerous effort to redefine immigrants’ role in our nation’s past, present and future. Please join us  to work toward a positive moral narrative and just, humane policies .

Tell Your Senators to Support Bill to Ban Hydrofluorocarbons!

Please urge your Senators to support S. 2448, the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act, a bipartisan bill that gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to ban hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning. The bill establishes a pathway for our nation’s participation in the global phase down of HFCs that could save the world as much as 0.5 degrees centigrade of warming.  This bipartisan effort is supported by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, industry, and the environmental community.