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Provides low-cost immigration counseling to those eligible for immigration benefits and cannot afford private assistance
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Catholic Diocese of Little Rock
Catholic Immigration Services in Little Rock and Springdale provides low-cost immigration counseling and support to families and individuals who are eligible for immigration benefits and cannot afford private assistance. These programs are members of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. The mission of Catholic Immigration Services is to work for solidarity in our community by welcoming the stranger in the spirit of the Gospel. We recognize the inalienable right of all persons to human dignity. We therefore assist and advocate for immigrants to attain family unity, economic independence and social integration. | Español | Services | Victim Assistance | How You Can Help | Resources
We have offices in Little Rock and Springdale. Please contact one of our offices to make an appointment. The consultation fee is $40. Click on a red button above for contact information.
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor wrote "I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Rights of Immigrants," a pastoral letter that challenges us to open our minds and hearts to Christ's teachings as well as learn the plight of immigrants seeking a better life in the United States.
Understanding how the Church’s teaching tradition informs its position on migration will help Catholics and others of good will better understand how these principles can be and should be put into practice. The resources highlighted here will help you learn more about the Church’s social teachings as related to migration and how you can help to make positive change.
This articles describes the five principles that help guide the Church’s approach. They are: 1.) Persons have the right to find opportunities in their homeland; 2.) Persons have the right to migrate to support themselves and their families; 3.) Sovereign nations have the right to control their borders; 4.) Refugees and asylum seekers should be afforded protection; 5.) The human dignity and human rights of undocumented migrants should be respected. A recent example of this teaching is "Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope," a pastoral letter concerning migration from the Catholic bishops of Mexico and the United States.
A root cause is the fundamental reason for the occurrence of an event, in this case, migration. Often, in the migration context, there are both push and pull factors with push factors being reasons why people would want to leave their home country and pull factors being reasons why people would want to come to a new country. In migration, push and pull factors can be economic, environmental, social and political.
Catholic Immigration Services is a ministry of Catholic Charities of Arkansas (CCA). To support our work, click on the button above to visit the CCA donation website. After completing the "primary information" and "create your donation" sections, click on the drop down menu under "I would like my donation to benefit the following program/ministry." Then select "immigration services/inmigración" before completing the form. For more information, contact Jennifer Verkamp-Ruthven, at Catholic Immigration Services, at (501) 664-0340.
Catholic Immigration Services is one of the few nonprofit agencies in the state recognized by the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals and one of the few charities that can assist low-income immigrants. Anyone can donate to Catholic Immigration Services to help lower the fees for clients. To mail a donation by check, address your donation to Little Rock or Springdale below.
Catholic Immigration Services — Little Rock
P.O. Box 7565
Little Rock, AR 72217-7565
Catholic Immigration Services — Springdale
2022 W. Sunset Ave.
Springdale, AR 72762