Justice Updates – Tuesday, June 4, 2019

WEAR ORANGE Day. This Friday, June 7. Help make people aware of gun safety legislation. Everyday over 100 people in America are killed by guns with 2/3 of them being suicide. Everytown for Gun Safety Research  provides more information on this national disgrace and epidemic.

Tomorrow (June 5) is World Environment Day. It invites us to set aside our differences in pursuit of the health of the natural world.  We must protect nature for it is God’s revelation and for our future generations. Many general practices today threaten the future integrity of animals, plants, and natural systems.  Take time and watch this 3 minute video of a contemporary view of the Beatitudes inspired by Laudato Si’ produced by Catholic Climate Covenant.

Take Action. Call TODAY.   Ask your representatives and ask them to pass H.R.6, the American Dream and Promise Act to protect Dreamers, TPS (Temporary Protected Status) and DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) holders.  Dreamers and TPS recipient were thrown into legal limbo when the current administration canceled their temporary protections.  If passed into law, H.R. 6 would provide a pathway to citizenship for qualifying Dreamers TPS and DED holders living in the U.S.   Here is some selected language that you can use during your call but make sure to use your own words.

Dear Representative:

As a person of faith, I believe in protecting the God-given dignity of every human being. As your constituent, I urge you to vote in favor of passing H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, as currently written, and to reject any amendments which would curtail the bill’s critical protections.

Dreamers, TPS and DED holders are our neighbors and an important part of our community. They have prayed with us in houses of worship, contributed to the U.S. economy, attended schools and colleges, and served in our military.

Thank you for your important work in Congress on my behalf and for promoting the human dignity of immigrants and refugees.

For more information about H.R.6, the National Immigration Law Center explains the bill in more detail.

Great news!  New Hampshire has abolished the death penalty.

Bad news.  Alabama carried out the 1499 execution since 1977, executing Christopher Price. Read about how poverty contributed to his execution.

Why isn’t our Senate doing anything?  The House of Representatives have passed the following legislation but Mitch McConnell won’t introduce it in the Senate. Call your Senators and ask them why nothing is happening.

  • Global Fragility Act
  • Equality Act
  • Paycheck Fairness Act
  • Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2019
  • American Dream and Promise Act of 2019
  • Climate Action Now
  • Voting Rights Advancement Act
  • Keep Families Together
  • No Ban Act


“With this in mind, we frame our policy on immigration. Human beings do not leave their villages for pleasure but out of necessity. That’s why, from the beginning of my government, I proposed opting for cooperation in development and aid for the Central American countries with productive investments to create jobs and resolve this painful situation.” This quote from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico to the administration’ threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods.  Read the entire letter in Spanish here.

Here’s the English Translation:

Mexico City, May 30, 2019

President Donald Trump,

I am aware of your latest position in regard to Mexico. In advance, I express to you that I don’t want confrontation. The peoples and nations that we represent deserve that we resort to dialogue and act with prudence and responsibility, in the face of any conflict in our relations, serious as it may be.

The greatest President of Mexico, Benito Juárez, maintained excellent relations with the Republican hero, Abraham Lincoln. Later, when Mexico nationalized its oil resources and industry, Democratic President Franklin D, Roosevelt understood the profound reasons that led our patriotic President Lázaro Cárdenas to act in favor of our sovereignty. By the way, President Roosevelt was a titan of freedom who proclaimed the four fundamental rights of man: the right to freedom of speech; the right to freedom of religion; the right to live free from fear; and the right to live free from misery.

With this in mind, we frame our policy on immigration. Human beings do not leave their villages for pleasure but out of necessity. That’s why, from the beginning of my government, I proposed opting for cooperation in development and aid for the Central American countries with productive investments to create jobs and resolve this painful situation.

You also know that we are fulfilling our responsibility to prevent, as much as possible and without violating human rights, any passage of the persons concerned through our country. It is worth remembering that – in a short time, Mexicans will not need to go to the United States and that migration will be optional, not forced. This is because we are fighting, like never before, the main problem in Mexico, corruption. And, in this way, our country will attain a powerful social dimension. Our countrymen will be able to work and be happy where they were born, where their families, their customs and their cultures are.

President Trump, social problems are not resolved by tariffs or coercive measures like turning a neighboring country overnight into a ghetto, an enclosed place for the migrants of the world, where they’re stigmatized, abused, persecuted, and excluded and the right to justice is denied to those who seek to work and to live free from want. The Statue of Liberty is not an empty symbol.

With all due respect, although you have the sovereign right to say it, the slogan “United States First” is a fallacy because universal justice and fraternity will prevail until the end of time, even over national borders.

Specifically, citizen President, I propose to deepen our dialogue, and seek alternatives to the immigration problem. And, please remember that I do not lack courage, that I am not cowardly or timorous, but that I act on principles. I believe that politics was invented to avoid confrontation and war, among other things.  I do not believe in the Law of Talon, in a ‘tooth for a tooth’ or an ‘eye for an eye’ because, if we practiced it, we would all be toothless and one-eyed. I believe that as statesmen and even more so as patriots, we are obliged to seek peaceful solutions to controversies and to practice the beautiful ideal of non-violence, forever.

Finally, I suggest that you instruct your officials, if it doesn’t cause any inconvenience. that they attend to representatives of our government, headed by the Secretary of Foreign Relations, who will be in Washington tomorrow to reach an agreement for the benefit of our two nations.

Nothing by force. Everything by reason and human rights.

Your friend,

Andrés Manuel López Obrador

President of México



Posted in News, Peace & Justice Weekly Updates

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.