CMS Migration Update


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CMS Migration Update is a weekly digest of news and other information related to national and international migration.  It is designed to educate faith leaders regarding vulnerable immigrant populations, developments in the immigration field, pastoral resources and the religious touchstones of diverse faith traditions on migrants and newcomers. It should not be relied upon to provide advice or counsel in immigration cases. The publication is provided by the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), an educational institute/think-tank devoted to the study of international migration, to the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees and newcomers. CMS is a member of the Scalabrini International Migration Network, an international network of shelters, welcoming centers, and other ministries for migrants.

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Thomas J. Shea
Rachel Reyes
Communications Coordinator

November 24, 2015

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October 27, 2015

Special Edition of CMS Migration Update on Global Refugee Crisis

This Special Second Anniversary Edition of the CMS Migration Update covers the global refugee crisis, with a focus on refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. More than four-and-a-half years have passed since the civil war in Syria broke out. Since then, more than four million refugees have fled Syria. Most have relocated in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. However, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, as well as migrants from other countries, are seeking protection in the European Union (EU).  EU member states have adopted differing policies on whether and how to take in refugees. In EU states that have embraced generous refugee resettlement policies, such as Germany and Sweden, anti-immigrant sentiment has increased. Other states have adopted more restrictive measures and increased border enforcement, such as Hungary. As a result, migrants and refugees are forced to find alternative – often longer and more dangerous – routes to enter Western Europe. Pope Francis has called the international community to show compassion and solidarity with migrants and refugees, saying that “in view of the tragedy of tens of thousands fleeing from death due to war and hunger, we should show our closeness to the smaller and the abandoned” through concrete steps that can give migrants and refugees hope.

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September 22, 2015

September 15, 2015

September 8, 2015

Special Edition on Holy Father’s Visit to the United States

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January 27, 2015

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December 30, 2014

December 24, 2014

December 16, 2014

December 9, 2014

December 2, 2014

November 25, 2014

November 18, 2014

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November 5, 2014

October 29, 2014

First Anniversary Edition of CMS Migration Update!

The past year has flown by since the publication of the first issue of the CMS Migration Update on October 29, 2013.  Although we viewed our initial target audience as pastoral workers with migrants, we have been surprised to learn that our subscribers include academics, attorneys, members of the nonprofit world, and bishops.  In addition, we did not expect that interest in our update would extend to readers living as far away as Europe and South America.  We have strived to keep our readers up to date regarding issues such as:  (1) migrant crossing deaths and refugee crises throughout the world; (2) the stalemate in the US Congress on comprehensive immigration reform; (3) the push by immigration advocates — while Congress is stalled on immigration reform — to get President Obama to take administrative action to stop the deportation of a wide swath of undocumented people with strong ties to the United States and to normalize the living conditions of unauthorized persons on a state and local level; (4) the Holy Father’s statements on migration, including his statements during his trip to the island of Lampedusa, Italy to highlight the plight of migrants dying at sea; (5) the Catholic Church’s repeated pleas for the international community to recognize and protect migrants’ human dignity and to fight against the globalization of indifference reflected in the conditions that push people to migrate; (6) the enforcement of immigration law along the U.S.-Mexican border — including the increase over the past year of unaccompanied children and parents with young children from Central America; and (7) faith-based reflections on migration and the immigrant experience.  To read back issues of the Migration Update or to subscribe, please visit

As we enter our second year of publishing the update, we appeal to our readers for faith-based teaching documents, spiritual and theological reflections, summaries of important programs and initiatives, migrant narratives, human rights reports, and news items and videos that would benefit our readers.  We’re particularly interested in making the update more ecumenical, and would greatly appreciate contributions from a range of faith perspectives and traditions.  In the past year, we have provided many articles explaining various topics within U.S. immigration law, such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and prosecutorial discretion.  If you are interested in learning about specific U.S. immigration policy issues, please let us know.  Please share any ideas or contributions with our Editor, Tom Shea, by emailing him at

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