Webinars

Webinars

A Catholic Response to Exclusionary Nationalism, the Global Crisis in Refugee Protection, and Recent Developments in US Immigration Policy

This webinar by Donald Kerwin, Executive Director for the Center for Migration Studies (CMS), will be devoted to a discussion of Catholic teaching on migrants, refugees, and newcomers. Mr. Kerwin will discuss the Biblical touchstones of Catholic teaching on migrant and refugees, key principals that guide the Church’s analysis of this timeless issue, recent developments in US immigration policy and refugee protection, and how the Catholic community views and can respond to them. The presentation will draw on CMS’s scholarship and research.

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National Interests and Potential Common Ground in the US Immigration Debates: Legal Immigration Reform v. Mass Deportation and the Wall
This briefing covered two competing visions of US immigration policy; one characterized by legal immigration reform, and the other by mass deportation policies and a proposed 2,000 mile border wall. These visions are analyzed in three recent papers by Donald Kerwin and Robert Warren of CMS. The papers cover the consequences of mass deportation policies on US families and critique the idea of a 2,000 mile border wall. The briefing also described a vision of reform set forth in the paper titled “National Interests and Common Ground in the US Immigration Debate: How to Legalize the US Immigration System and Permanently Reduce Its Undocumented Population.”

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Justice for Immigrants Detention Webinar
CMS hosted a webinar discussing the findings of the report: “Unlocking Human Dignity: A Plan to Transform the U.S. Immigrant Detention System”, by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and CMS. Featured speakers also offered policy recommendations that afford increased legal protections and honor human dignity.

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Immigrant Integration: Assessing and Improving the Collective Response of the Catholic Church in the United States
In this webinar, on ‘Immigrant Integration: Assessing and Improving the Collective Response of the Catholic Church in the United States’ Donald Kerwin, CMS’s Executive Director, introduced the Catholic Immigrant Integration Project, and discussed the role Catholic institutions play in fostering civic participation, improving educational outcomes and promoting the socio-economic attainment of immigrants, their children, and their grandchildren. He also outlined a Catholic vision of integration, and discussed the importance of immigrant leadership and participation in Catholic institutions. Mary L. Gautier, Senior Research Associate for the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) and a member of the Advisory Group to the Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative, spoke on the growing importance of immigrant and minority communities for the US Catholic Church and the misalignment between the Catholic Church’s institutional infrastructure and new immigrant communities.

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