Tag: immigrants

Faithful reach out to migrant workers

Clewiston | José Garcia (whose name was changed to protect his family) has simple goals in life: to care for his family and to be sure they are safe and stay together. These aspirations are the same for which all families hope. But for a migrant farmworker toiling 60 hours a week in the fields… Read more »

In the reunification scramble, church groups raced to help families

WASHINGTON | In public and behind the scenes of a court order that immigrant families separated by the U.S. government be reunited by the end of July 26, the Catholic Church, from its leadership to its charitable and advocacy organizations, worked around the clock to speed up the effort, while also calling for a stop… Read more »

Hundreds march in Homestead to keep families together

HOMESTEAD | Holding a poster that read, “Families deserve to stay together,” Lucia Quiej, an immigrant from Guatemala, walked a mile and a half under a scorching sun with her five children. They headed toward the Homestead detention center for unaccompanied minors to protest the separation of families who are arriving at the US-Mexico border… Read more »

Catholic Extension launches reunification fund to help families at border

CHICAGO | Catholic Extension announced June 21 it has established a Family Reunification Fund as “a response to the human tragedy unfolding on the nation’s southern border” with Mexico. Family separations at the border and policy debates over that policy and the nation’s immigration system “have exposed the profound misery of those fleeing their countries… Read more »

Catholic groups highlight plight of immigrant mothers on Mother’s Day

WASHINGTON | Days before the U.S. celebrated Mother’s Day May 13, the national group Faith in Action urged others to think about immigrant mothers who have been separated from their children or run the risk of never seeing them again. During a May 8 conference call, Faith in Action, a grass-roots faith-based network in the… Read more »

Immigrants, advocates navigating post-DACA-deadline landscape

WASHINGTON | The last government shutdown — well, threatened shutdown, anyway — seems so long ago. The nine-hour “funding lapse” of Feb. 9, like the three-day shutdown that began Jan. 20, hinged on how Congress was going to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Donald Trump said he would end March… Read more »