Tag: migrants

Texas locality orders popular Catholic center for migrants to vacate

WASHINGTON | A group of city commissioners in the border city of McAllen, Texas, voted in mid-February to remove from a building a popular Catholic-administered center run by Sister Norma Pimentel, who has been praised by Pope Francis for her work with migrants. McAllen city commissioners voted Feb. 11 to vacate within 90 days the… Read more »

Mexican shelters strain with arrival of asylum-seekers at U.S. border

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico | Gangs in Honduras first threated Denia Garcia’s husband six months ago, telling him to join with them or die. Her husband, a police officer, fled to the United States, arriving successfully. In his absence, the gangs threatened Garcia, sending her on the migrant path with her children, ages 2 and 5…. Read more »

U.S. bishops, others mourn death of Guatemalan girl near border

WASHINGTON | Three U.S. Catholic bishops Dec. 18 joined their voices in mourning the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl shortly after she crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father and they turned themselves in to U.S. Customs and Border Protection seeking asylum. The girl, who was identified by the Guatemalan government as Jackeline Caal,… Read more »

Catholic migrant advocates have mixed reaction to Tijuana border events

MEXICO CITY | The chaotic scene in Tijuana Nov. 25 — when migrants, including women and children, were repelled from the U.S. border with tear gas — prompted the closure of one of the world’s busiest border crossings. It also showed the increasing impatience and despair of thousands of caravan participants, who could spend months… Read more »

Catholic, other faith groups pledge solidarity all seeking asylum in U.S.

WASHINGTON | Over 3,000 Catholics and other people of faith signed a pledge Nov. 19 to express solidarity with all those seeking asylum in the United States and “promising to be good neighbors to those seeking refuge in our community and to build a community where all are welcome.” The same day U.S. District Court… Read more »

Spanish bishop urges solidarity among nations to resolve migrant crisis

MADRID | The deaths of up to 35 migrants in the Strait of Gibraltar in a single day prompted a Spanish bishop to call for greater solidarity among the nations of the region to resolve the crisis. Bishop Juan Menendez Fernandez of Astorga, president of the Spanish bishops’ commission on migration, said the 18 confirmed… Read more »

Nations are built by migrants, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Countries do not develop by themselves; they are built by migrants, Pope Francis said. And migrants often choose to travel to a new land in a group, like those currently traveling through Central America and heading to the border between the U.S. and Mexico, he added, in off-the-cuff remarks Oct. 29 to… Read more »

Catholic groups ask for humane treatment of migrants heading for border

WASHINGTON | As a group from Central America heads to the border between the U.S. and Mexico, the Trump administration is said to be getting ready to send troops to meet them and Catholic groups are asking that the migrants be treated humanely. “We urge the administration to manage refugee arrivals humanely and in a… Read more »

Texas Catholic ‘respite’ center serves as symbol of American compassion

MCALLEN, Texas | It’s been featured in fundraisers at the Vatican and on news shows. This summer, it’s been visited by Kerry Kennedy, Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s daughter, and TV celebrity Gayle King. The U.S. bishops recently made it the first stop on a high-profile visit to the border. But the real celebrities who walk… Read more »

Pulled from the sea, migrant’s rescue puts spotlight on Italian policy

ROME | Tweeting with hashtags that translate as “Closed ports” and “Open hearts,” Italy’s interior minister disputed claims that the Italian government was complicit in leaving a migrant to die in the Mediterranean Sea as she clung to a board from a destroyed fishing boat. Matteo Salvini, the minister, has given strong support to Italy’s… Read more »