Sister Mary's Justice Notes | March 28

CSJ Justice Notes: March 28, 2018
Tell Congress to Support Refugee Resettlement Today
We live in a time with an unprecedented 65 million people displaced around the world, including 22.5 million refugees - the highest number in recorded history. With global need at its highest, the Trump administration has reversed our nation’s history as a world leader in refugee protection and resettlement, setting an all-time low refugee admissions goal for fiscal year 2018 at 45,000. What’s worse, the administration is only on track to resettle 20,000 refugees this year, not even meeting their own goal. It is critical that members of Congress and the Administration hear us decry this record-low number of refugee arrivals and that we support refugee resettlement. Join the Interfaith Immigration Coalition and take action Today, March 28, is National Call-In Day. Call the US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your two Senators and one Representative and urge them to do everything in their power to hold the administration accountable to resettle at least 45,000 refugees in 2018.
 
Tell Your Senators to Support the Bill to Ban Hydrofluorocarbons
A bipartisan group of senators introduced the American innovation and Manufacturing Act (S. 2448), a bill that gives the Environmental Protection Agency authority to ban hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning. The bill establishes a pathway for our nation’s participation in the global phase down of HFCs that could save the world as much as 0.5 degrees centigrade of warming. The bipartisan effort is supported by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, industry, and the environmental community. Let your senators know you support S. 2448. Click here.
Fewer International Students Are Choosing to Study in the United States
Fewer international students are coming to the United States to continue their studies, leaving American universities less diverse and financially solvent. The Trump administration's stricter immigration policies are making us less competitive. The State Department only issued 393,573 international student (F-1) visas last year, representing a near-40 percent decrease from the peak year of 2015. Read more.
 
ACLU Sues Trump Administration over Separation of Families at the Border
US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials are reportedly arresting immigrant families and separating children from parents "without any allegation or showing that [the parents are] a danger to their child." As a result, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Trump administration, claiming that DHS is forcibly separating without cause immigrant children from their parents when they are arrested. Read more about this here.
 
Pope Francis Tells Young People Not to Let Adults Silence Them
Pope Francis, starting Holy Week services leading to Easter, urged young people on Sunday to keep shouting and not allow the older generations to silence their voices or anesthetize their idealism.
Francis spoke a day after hundreds of thousands of young Americans and their supporters answered a call to action from survivors of last month’s Florida high school massacre and rallied across the United States to demand tighter gun laws. He did not mention the demonstrations. To read more, click here.
Climate Change Driving Migration
Water shortages and issues with water quality affect two-thirds of the world's population for at least part of the year and these issues are driving migration, according to a study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. The World Bank predicts climate change will drive more than 140 million people in developing countries to migrate by 2050. More here.
New Resources for Racial Healing
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has released several new resources to assist Catholics in praying and acting for racial healing. Two new prayers are available, in English and Spanish. Find “Prayer to Address the Sin of Racism” here and “Prayer to Heal Racial Division” here. For other resources, click here.
 
US Spends Twice As Much as Other Wealthy Countries on Health Care
The United States spent twice as much on health care than ten other high-income countries in 2016, largely because of the high costs of prescription drugs, administrative overhead and labor, a new study released this week indicates. Read more.
States Considering Porn-Watching Fee
Rhode Island is considering a $20 "digital access fee" on customers wanting to view "sexual content and patently offensive material." The purpose of this legislation is to protect children from viewing websites that could have possible detrimental effects on their psyches and developmental process. Like a similar bill in the Virginia House, the money collected would be used to help combat human trafficking. Read more about this here.

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