Challenging Days - Especially for Immigrants & Refugees

Posted on February 6, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

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Francisco Gonzalez, caught in an airport sting, was reunited with his family by Catholic Charities

These have been challenging days for our nation – especially our immigrants and refugees. But it has also been hard for many of us whose ancestors were immigrants – that is most of us. The tone of recent weeks has emphasized newcomers as threats and liabilities. That’s not Catholic Charities' way.\

“When we think of immigrants and refugees, we think of human beings, of opportunities, of assets.” 

Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities New York 

Catholic Charities attorneys and staff have immediately responded to alleviate confusion and fear caused by the recent Executive Order. They have been present daily at JFK and Newark airports.


Hear from Catholic Charities Senior Immigration Attorney Jodi Ziesemer 


In these uncertain times, Catholic Charities draws on its 100-year legacy of breaking through chaos and confusion to provide help and create hope for immigrants, refugees and all New Yorkers in need non-Catholic and Catholic alike.

Now more than ever our expert staff and attorneys are:

  • Sssisting immigrants and refugees at airports
  • Alleviating the confusion of families
  • Providing expert counsel and preventing exploitation
  • Offering classes and clinics at local colleges, parishes and community centers
  • Running bilingual informational telethons and answering hotlines

It is worth noting these executive orders now under review by the courts impact immigrants and refugees with proper U.S. issued documents, as well as those without documents. Often immigrants provide dignity and care for the most vulnerable among us including our aging family members and those with emotional and physical challenges.

"I'm a French citizen born in Libya, and even though I have a green card and have worked in the U.S. for more than two decades helping children with special needs, this executive order leaves me feeling a great deal of anxiety for me, my family and the people I serve."

Marlyse Zaremba, MSW, Kennedy Child Study Center, a Catholic Charities affiliate serving preschoolers with developmental delays. 

Let us pray for immigrants and refugees. Let us pray for our nation.

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