Tag: immigration

Faith leaders decry ICE deportations, say causes it fear

WASHINGTON | Many Catholic and other faith leaders noted that the Gospel reading for July 14 — the day U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was to carry out deportation orders for some immigrants — was the parable of the good Samaritan from the Gospel of St. Luke. The story admonishes people to put aside… Read more »

Catholic group joins suit against government

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic Legal Immigration Network joined three other organizations in filing a lawsuit against the federal government over a memo that the groups say changes the rules retroactively for unaccompanied immigrant minors seeking asylum. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for Southern Maryland July 1, the day after the… Read more »

As immigration policy changes, so does work of Catholic organizations

WASHINGTON | Immigration policies rolled out during the Trump administration have spread fear among immigrant populations in the U.S., but Catholic organizations and parishes have responded with renewed efforts focused on helping those groups, a new survey says. The Federal Enforcement Effect Research Survey, also called the FEER survey, released June 12 by the Center… Read more »

House passes bill to provide permanent legal protection for ‘Dreamers’

WASHINGTON | The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee June 4 praised the U.S. House for passing a measure that gives permanent legal protection to “Dreamers” and those covered by the Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure programs in the United States. “Dreamers” are young people who qualify to remain in the country… Read more »

Immigration advocates express concerns about Trump immigration plan

WASHINGTON | Catholic immigration advocates raised concerns about a proposal from President Donald Trump that would reshape U.S. immigration policy to incorporate a “merit-based” system that prioritizes high-skilled workers over those with family already in the country. Advocates’ concerns about the Trump plan, announced May 16 at the White House, focused on family unification, strengthening… Read more »

Florida Conference Catholic Bishops responds to immigration bill

TALLAHASSEE | The passage of state-level immigration enforcement drew heavy debate in state senate and house chambers, and was described by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops as “disheartening.” The Republican-controlled Legislature approved one of the strictest laws in the nation against so-called sanctuary cities as the House and Senate passed Senate Bill 168 May… Read more »

CLINIC, partners want end to ‘remain in Mexico’ policy for asylum-seekers

WASHINGTON | Immigrant advocates called on the Department of Homeland Security to rescind the so-called “remain in Mexico” policy that finds the United States returning migrants across the southern border to await their U.S. court hearings. The Catholic Legal Immigration Network and the Dilley Pro Bono Project said in a Feb. 6 letter to Homeland… Read more »

Another legal fight likely looms over child immigration detention

WASHINGTON | In what is likely to result in another legal showdown over immigration, the Trump administration is seeking to set down new rules that would allow government officials to detain children in immigration detention facilities — this time accompanied by their undocumented parents — for longer periods of time than currently allowed. After the… Read more »

‘Chain’ of mothers helps reunite families

MIAMI | After a 49-day separation, Maria was reunited with her children, ages 7 and 8, in Miami. “It was a great joy. The most beautiful thing,” said Maria, whose name has been changed to protect her identity. The reunification took place thanks to the help of many people: Catholic Legal Services of the archdiocese,… Read more »

As immigration woes rise, lawmakers can’t agree on solutions

WASHINGTON | Bipartisan disagreement on how to fix the country’s immigration system led to failure once again as lawmakers on Capitol Hill turned down one immigration bill June 21 and postponed a vote on a second proposal, which also has a slim opportunity of passing. Each side blamed the other for the failure to advance… Read more »