DACA and the Affordable Care Act
Recently the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has declared that young, healthy immigrants who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will not be eligible for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. This means that although these young people are legally allowed to stay in the U.S., they cannot be covered for pre-existing conditions, cannot participate in healthcare exchanges, cannot receive Medicaid or any state or federal health benefits, and cannot participate in the Children’s Health Program. We believe that this exclusion goes against our Catholic faith to care for the common good. Sign a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services expressing your concern for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
The DREAM Act
Immigration has been a hot topic in the recent presidential debates. An overwhelming 72% of Americans want to clear the path towards citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and the DREAM Act offers part of that path.
The DREAM Act will take an important step towards respecting the human rights of young, undocumented immigrants. This key legislation provides an opportunity to gain legal status for undocumented students who entered the country before the age of 15, have been physically present in the United States for at least five years, graduate from high school, and/or complete at least two years of college or military service. Call on your members of Congress to support the DREAM Act.
Stop the Tar Sands
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged to make clean energy an important part of the State Department’s mission. We are extremely grateful to Sec. Clinton, and need to let her staff know that risky Canadian tar sands projects are inconsistent with her vision.
“Line 67” is a toxic tar sands pipeline from Canadian oil giant, Enbridge. Enbridge wants to greatly increase Line 67’s capacity, however this raises great concern because in 2010, Enbridge was responsible for the largest onshore oil spill in U.S. history.
Americans need the government to require a new permit for Line 67 and to ultimately block this pipeline. By letting the Department know that we’ve got their backs on clean energy, we can help them stop Enbridge and the tar sands.
National Catholic Rural Life Conference
Funding for Beginning Farmer Training Programs
As of October 1st, funding for the most important federal program to train the next generation of American farmers ran dry. If Congress doesn’t act quickly when it returns in November, this program, and the invaluable support it gives, could disappear forever.
In 2012 alone, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program funded forty training programs that provided new farmers the business and technical skills that they need to build successful, independent farms. Don’t let programs like these fall by the wayside! Sign now to show your support for the protection of the BFRDP.
What we already know about the US government’s policies on armed drones and other such killings reveals violations of the fundamental human right not to be arbitrarily deprived of life. But the government is still keeping secrets. Urge the President and Congress to release the secret legal memo, along with the rest of the legal and factual underpinnings for the killings, and to bring United States use of armed drones and other lethal force in line with our obligations to respect human rights; which includes complying with law enforcement standards when acting outside of zones of armed conflict.
The Common Good
As faithful citizens guided by the Gospel command to protect those who are most vulnerable, a coalition of national Catholic organizations is working to build on the momentum created during the 2008 election. Four years ago, individuals and groups across the U.S. created a national Platform for the Common Good, which was ratified at the Convention for the Common Good in Philadelphia.
In 2012, our goal is to create common-good platforms for each state, and DC, which will be signed and delivered to candidates and public officials. Each of these 51 individual platforms will be written with the input of people in that state, and they will include a national preamble designed to outline a common-good perspective.
We invite you to join us in the coming months as we engage Catholic voters across the nation in the writing, signing and delivery of these platforms. Learn more about this initiative here!