Immigration Reform

Our 2011 Resolution on Immigration
The Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor, as a corporate entity as well as through our local communities and ministries, make clear our support for and defense of documented and undocumented immigrants to the United States.

HNP Mission Statement
“We foster Christian discipleship by collaborating with those whom we serve and by standing in solidarity with all people, especially the alienated, the immigrant, and the poor.”

Resolutions of the 1999 HNP Chapter
“That the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province join ‘Voices for Immigrant Justice’ in an active pursuit of fair treatment for undocumented immigrants, calling for revision of the unjust provisions of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.”

Vision Statement, HNP Plan 2008-2013
“In the next five years, we, the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province will challenge ourselves in the areas of …serving the alienated, the immigrant and the poor, while maintaining our diversity of ministries.”

At the request of U.S. OFM leadership, JPIC Animators from across the country came together and wrote an appeal to the President and Congressional leadership to advance comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). The letter is available for your review in both English and Spanish. To add your voice to this united effort to bring about CIR, take action with the USCCB's Justice for Immigrants Campaign by writing your senators and representative.

Holy Name Province has worked with the USCCB’s Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) to compile the following resources to assist local ministries in providing support to our immigrant brothers and sisters.

ACLU’s “Know Your Rights” card (English) What to do if you’re stopped by police, immigration agents or the FBI

ACLU’s “Know Your Rights” card (Espanol) Qué debe hacer si la policía, agentes de inmigración o el FBI lo detienen

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detainee locator

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
CLINIC’s Mission Statement reads: To enhance and expand delivery of legal services to indigent and low-income immigrants principally through diocesan immigration programs and to meet the immigration needs identified by the Catholic Church in the United States.

CLINIC Enforcement Response Plan: A plan to help communities prepare and plan for immigration enforcement actions

CLINIC’s State and Local Project: In 2007, CLINIC created a new project to support advocates working to address the growing number of anti-immigrant measures proposed and introduced at the state and local levels. After the collapse of comprehensive immigration reform in 2007, approximately 500 immigration related bills were introduced by state legislators. By 2008, the number of proposed immigration-related bills had tripled to 1,562. Nearly every state legislature had introduced a bill related to immigration. Through the project, CLINIC provides legal analysis, training, technical assistance, and support to advocates working to combat anti-immigrant legislation and ordinances, many of which are far reaching and penalize not only the undocumented, but their families, business owners, and others who interact with them.