How you can help:
Immigrants & Refugees
Catholic immigration ministries offer comfort to the afflicted, refuge to the persecuted, and a homeland to the exiled. Click or tap a ministry listed below to help us care for our neighbors.
El Paso Border Refugee Assistance Fund
Due to the 2019 Remain in Mexico policy, thousands of immigrants seeking asylum must wait in Mexico during their court proceedings. This fund supports non-profits in Juarez, Mexico.
Annunciation House in El Paso
Since 1978, Annunciation House staff have accompanied hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees in the El Paso area, providing hospitality, advocacy, and education.
Catholic Legal Immigration Network
CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with community legal immigration programs. They are currently providing legal services to immigrants in Juarez.
Catholic Charities of Laredo
They provide transportation, clothes, water, small amounts of food, and personal hygiene items to families and individuals released from immigration detention centers.
La Posada Providencia of San Benito
Maintained by the Sisters of Divine Providence, they provide shelter, food, transportation, and education to poor immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in the lower Rio Grande Valley.
Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley
They provide a warm meal, medical attention, a place to rest, and directions to immigrants who are released from ICE custody and are continuing their journey to various U.S. cities.
Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services
Established in 1986, DMRS is now the largest provider of free and low-cost immigration legal services in West Texas and New Mexico, serving families, crime victims, adults, and children.
Other Diocesan Ministries:
Catholic Charities of Dallas
CCD provides many legal services, including visa petitions, adjustment of status applications, naturalization, asylee applications, and representation for unaccompanied minors.
Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston
CCGH serves more than 85,000 people annually. Among other programs, they provide legal aid and material support to human trafficking victims, refugees, and immigrants of all ages.
Catholic Charities of Fort Worth
CCFW Immigration Services provides legal assistance to individuals who are eligible under the law to apply for immigration benefits, with a focus on the reunification of families.
Catholic Charities of Central Texas
Catholic Charities of San Antonio
CCSA provides immigrants and refugees transportation, shelter, food, clothing, cultural orientation, school registration, English classes, health screenings, translation, and legal services.
*This is not an exhaustive list of immigration-related ministries in the State of Texas. Contact your local diocese to learn about other opportunities to serve immigrants, migrants, and refugees.
You Can Help
As immigrants travel through different locations to the United States, there are specific places that our talents and donations can help them and others where we cannot. This infographic offers a high-level overview.
Justice for Immigrants
JFI is an initiative of the U.S. Catholic Bishops which organizes a diverse group of institutions, individuals, and persons of goodwill in support of federal immigration reform.
In 2019, the bishops of U.S. & Mexico border dioceses issued a statement opposing Remain in Mexico, a policy requiring asylees to wait in Mexico during U.S. court proceedings.
Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops
We represent the bishops of Texas before the state government and facilitate cooperation among Texas' dioceses, ministries, and 8 million Catholics.