Our Church has responded to Christ’s call for us to “welcome the stranger among us,” for in this encounter with the immigrant, the migrant, and the refugee in our midst, we encounter Christ.
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Nearly 250 million people are currently considered migrants – forced to move from their country of birth because they’ve been a victim of a crime, war, violence, political dissidence, famine, poverty, safety, or simply the inability to care for their family.
Since refugees first arrived from war-torn Europe to Oregon in the 1940s, Catholic Charities has, in cooperation with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, provided compassionate resettlement services to tens of thousands of individuals and families making Oregon their new home. Since 1996, Catholic Charities has also provided legal advocacy and assistance to families trying to legally navigate the complex and broken US immigration system.