World Day for Migrants and Refugees to be Celebrated this Weekend

In a press release sent out this week, the USCCB announced that the Vatican's World Day for Migrants and Refugees will be held this Sunday, September 29, 2019.

The theme for this year's event is, "It is not just about migrants." Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration, reminds us in the statement that this is a day to remember that we are all brothers and sisters in the eyes of God.

"This year's theme for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees is an opportunity to look at the migration issue from the lens of humanity, of caring for and walking with our brothers and sisters. The World Day for Migrants and Refugees reminds us that it is not about where people come from but their unique God-given human dignity." Vásquez noted. "It reflects our call as people of faith to welcome our brothers and sisters, promote their well-being, protect them from cruelty and human indifference, and assist in their integration into our community." 

Support for migrants and refugees is particularly vital in this moment as the world is in the midst of the greatest global forced displacement crisis on record. We must continue to embrace love for our neighbor to counter the growing throwaway culture which disregards the human dignity of migrants and refugees."

To find more educational resources related to the upcoming World Day for Migrants and Refugees, please visit the Justice for Immigrants website. This commemoration comes as the Trump administration has signaled its intent to slash the limit of refugees to be accepted into the U.S. to 18,000, down from the previous ceiling of 30,000. This is the lowest ceiling since the modern resettlement program was established in 1980.

Last week, the MCC sent out an Action Alert to our MOCAN members asking them to contact their representatives and President Trump regarding this limit. We are grateful to the hundreds of MOCAN members who responded to this alert! For more clarity about the refugee resettlement process, and to read stories about refugees who have been resettled in Missouri, read this MCC Messenger.

September 27, 2019 - 3:55pm

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