Tag: migrants

Sister Pimentel shares stories from the border

ST. LOUIS | If Sister Norma Pimentel has said it once, she has said it dozens of times: She is “a U.S. citizen by chance.” Born in Texas, where her parents were waiting for an answer on their residency request, Sister Pimentel told the annual assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests June 25… Read more »

Head of CRS: Global migrant deaths demand action

Baltimore, Md.,| A string of high-profile migrant deaths in the last week should draw our attention to the thousands more that go unreported, and encourage us to welcome migrants, while also working to address the challenges that lead them to leave their homes, said the head of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) this week. “Thousands of… 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 »

Exclusion of migrants is red flag of society in moral decline, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Being indifferent to or excluding migrants is a sign of a deteriorating morality that will soon spread and risk marginalizing everyone who fails to fit in, Pope Francis said. In fact, the Christian response of welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating does not apply only to migrants and refugees, but to all vulnerable… Read more »

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 »