Tag: immigration

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 »

Trump signs executive order stopping family separation policy

WASHINGTON | President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 that halts his administration’s family separation policy for families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The executive order seeks to work around a 1997 consent decree that bars the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention — even if they are with… Read more »

Pope supports U.S. bishops’ criticism of ‘immoral’ immigration policy

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis said he stands with the U.S. bishops who recently condemned the Trump administration’s policy on immigration that has led to children being held in government shelters while their parents are sent to federal prisons. “I am on the side of the bishops’ conference,” Pope Francis said in an interview with… Read more »