Tag: immigration

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 »

Bishops across U.S. condemn separation, detention of migrant children

WASHINGTON | From Denver to New York City, the country’s Catholic bishops have joined a chorus of organizations, institutions and high-profile individuals urging the Trump administration to stop separating children from their parents as they seek respite in the U.S. from dire conditions in their home countries, largely in Central America. None have been more… Read more »

After raid, Ohio bishop says immigration system adds to suffering

WASHINGTON | The bishop of Cleveland said a recent immigration raid at an Ohio gardening and landscape company “makes clear that our current immigration system contributes to the human suffering of migrants and the separation of families.” In a June 6 statement from the Diocese of Cleveland, Bishop Nelson J. Perez said he felt “a… Read more »

Catholics urged to appeal to lawmakers in Congress to pass DACA bill now

WASHINGTON | By day’s end Feb. 15, members of the U.S. Senate had rejected four immigration proposals, leaving it unclear how lawmakers will address overall immigration reform and keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in place. Late that afternoon, Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico, issued an urgent alert to… Read more »

Supporters say vilification of immigrant children, families must stop

 WASHINGTON | Hours before President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address Jan. 30, immigrant supporters said they were concerned with his administration’s “systematic targeting of vulnerable populations.” In particular, they were bothered by the portrayal of migrant children, youth and families as gang members and criminals. The president and Congress are haggling over… Read more »

Trump immigration plan’s impact on family ‘deeply troubling,’ says bishop

WASHINGTON  The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee said Jan. 30 that the Catholic bishops welcomed the Trump administration’s proposal to give “Dreamers” a path to citizenship, but at the same time, they are “deeply troubled” about the plan’s “impact on family unity.” On Jan. 26, the White House released a proposal offering a… Read more »