Catholic Charities of Central Florida (CCCF) is grateful for President Obama’s recent announcement to defer deportations for many undocumented immigrants and their families.
As Catholics, we believe God created human life in His image. Each person has tremendous dignity because each of us is created in the image of God. We believe the dignity of the human person demands that we protect children and families fleeing war, violence and extreme poverty.
“The decision to provide administrative relief to millions of individuals who have been living here for years will allow families to remain intact without the fear of being separated,” states Joseph Buranosky, executive director of CCCF. “We welcome these efforts which protect individuals and protect and reunite families and vulnerable children. While this announcement is welcome, the preference would be for Congress to take action and pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation to address all of the shortcomings of our immigration system.”
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, said, “I strongly urge Congress and the President to work together to enact permanent reforms to the nation’s immigration system for the best interests of the nation and the migrants who seek refuge here.”
CCCF will be assisting those needing help with administrative relief once the application process is further defined in the near future.
CCCF has been providing legal immigration services for over 25 years. The agency is recognized and accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). It is estimated that approximately 40,000 individuals in Central Florida may be eligible for this administrative relief. CCCF, immigrant advocacy groups and its church and community partners will be establishing information sessions in the upcoming weeks to inform the community about the proposed program. Mention will also be made to be aware of scams involving unqualified individuals claiming to be able to assist with the process. At this time there is no program and no application process available.