Tag: immigration

After El Paso: Offering awareness through pastoral letter, teach-in

ORLANDO | Although the mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart happened three months ago, the shocking aftereffects of the tragedy continue to ripple throughout the border area community. The incident made national news, as the location of the murder scene was chosen for its largely Latino population. For Bishop Mark Seitz, shepherd of the… Read more »

First Latino elected USCCB president; immigration reform among priorities

BALTIMORE | It will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez that immigration reform is at the top of his priority list as the newly elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “That’s something I’ve been working on for almost 25 to 30 years,” Archbishop… Read more »

Gomez: Nation has ‘moral obligation’ to keep promise to DACA recipients

LOS ANGELES | The “failures” of the nation’s leaders in Washington to make “comprehensive reforms to immigration policy “cut across party lines, said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles. These failures date back to 1986, he said, which was the last time Congress passed immigration reform. Ahead of the oral arguments on the Deferred… Read more »

Cardinal Tobin joins Catholics protesting detention

WASHINGTON | Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, blessed and then prayed near a group of Catholics who blocked a crosswalk, arranging themselves in the shape of a cross in front of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Newark Sept. 4, to protest the detention of children and families in immigration facilities. About 400… Read more »

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 »