Public Statements

UPDATED STATEMENT ON IMMIGRATION FROM MONSIGNOR KEVIN SULLIVAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF NEW YORK

New York, NY – March 6, 2016 – In light of today’s announcement from the White House on the executive order affecting immigration, I would like to reaffirm Catholic Charities of New York’s deep commitment to our immigrants and refugees. Catholic Charities of New York has a 100-year legacy of compassionately welcoming and effectively integrating immigrants and refugees to their new home in the United States. Our efforts have reunited families, obtained authorizations for work, taught English and civics, resettled refugees and protected unaccompanied children from around the world.

After the first executive orders were signed by the President in January, Catholic Charities’ lawyers were deployed at local airports to provide representation, defense and support on behalf of arriving immigrants and refugees who were being detained and sent back home. We are prepared to continue to do so  as need be.

The NYS New Americans Hotline (800-566-7636), a statewide information and referral hotline operated by Catholic Charities that averages 2,0000 calls a month, has been operating with extended hours to provide assistance for those seeking information about travel restrictions, ICE raids, the deportation process and legal assistance for undocumented immigrants. The hotline is currently open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm daily, offering assistance in more than 200 languages.

At Catholic Charities, we believe in fair, just and humane immigration policies, that  support immigrants who come here to make a better life for themselves and their families.  Fair immigration  policies result in a , stronger  nation that provides opportunities for newcomers  and promotes the common good for all.