Dialogues

Dialogues

Conversation with Ombudsman Maria M. Odom on the 2015 Annual Report
CMS hosted a presentation by the US Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Service's Ombudsman Maria M. Odom, on the Ombudsman’s 2015 Annual Report to Congress and issues related to the delivery of immigration benefits and services by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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Parish-Based Organizing for Leadership, Service, and Justice
CMS hosted a gathering on organizing parish communities with large immigrant populations for leadership, service and justice. The event featured Elena Segura, who directs the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education, and runs an innovative program called Pastoral Migratoria (PM), an “immigrant-to-immigrant ministry...born from the desire of immigrants to assist one another in their plight, to live their baptismal call and be agents of a broader evangelization to newcomers and natives.” .

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Refugee Protection and Barriers to Territorial Access
The US refugee protection system seeks to screen, admit and promote the integration of refugees; to adjudicate political asylum cases; and to offer temporary protection to persons from designated countries. It also, however, seeks to prevent admission and to detect those that raise national security, public safety, and fraud concerns. Over the last 20 years, particularly since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, security and enforcement concerns have driven US refugee programs. Protection policies, in turn, have not kept pace with these developments.

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