While the newly introduced U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 may be the comprehensive reform that has long been sought by Catholic advocates, there are two current pieces of legislation that could assist immigrants now, according to officials with the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, in its latest Justice & Peace Alert.

Together, the American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act would establish a path to citizenship for immigrant youth, TPS holders, DED holders, and seasonal farmworkers, many of whom have lived in and served communities across the United States for many years.

Find a sample letter here from the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishop’s Justice for Immigrants Campaign to urge house and senate leaders to act before April 1.

Vatican COVID-19 Commission

One year into the pandemic, it has become clear that no corner of the globe has been untouched by the public health crisis. We are also urgently aware of the distinct toll it has taken on the most vulnerable.

According to a recent bulletin from the Migrants and Refugees Section, “the Holy Father wishes the Church to play an active, vigorous role in the social, cultural, and personal changes that he asks all humanity to undertake. For this reason, he established the Vatican COVID-19 Commission (VCC-19) to analyze the socio-economic, health, cultural, and political challenges of the future and to develop proposals to address them.”

To sign up for regular bulletins from the commission, enter your information here.