The US bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign is proposing Wednesday, Nov. 13, as a day to support immigrants.
That is the feast day of St. Francis Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants.
Mother Cabrini (1850-1917), an Italian immigrant to the US, is the first US citizen to have been canonized.
As the founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, she supported and provided for Italian immigrants.
This year, her feast comes as the House of Representatives is considering immigration reform legislation.
The Justice for Immigrants campaign is inviting Catholics and other supporters of immigrants to call their U.S. Representatives at 1-855-589-5698 and leave this simple message: “Support a path to citizenship and oppose the SAFE Act.”
The SAFE Act (Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act) would make it a federal crime for immigrants to be in the United States illegally. And it broadens state and local law enforcement authority to arrest and charge immigrants for overstaying visas or entering the US illegally.