Tag: Trump

Application of ‘third country’ rule for asylum-seekers


WASHINGTON | The Trump administration announced the U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security are adopting an interim “third country rule” requiring immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to first apply for refugee status in another country. News that the rule was taking effect July 16 brought quick condemnation by Catholic and other immigrant… Read more »

Inflation change concerns advocates for poor

WASHINGTON | The Trump administration is weighing a plan that uses a different definition of inflation to determine who lives in poverty and who does not. The plan, floated in the spring, has raised concerns among Catholic advocates for low-income and working families. They said that hundreds of thousands of people would no longer be… Read more »

Bishops urge bipartisan plan to stop shutdown, protect ‘vulnerable’ groups

WASHINGTON | President Donald Trump and Congress “must come together” to reach a bipartisan solution that reopens the government and “recognizes the economic struggle” now facing federal workers and their families and all those helped by federal nutrition and housing programs, said two U.S. bishops. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S…. Read more »

Sister Pimentel disappointed about not being able to address president

MCALLEN, Texas | Sister Norma Pimentel was “truly disappointed” after not being given an opportunity to speak during a roundtable discussion with President Donald Trump during his Jan. 10 visit to McAllen. The president traveled to the Rio Grande Valley to make his case for a southern border wall and other security measures amid a… Read more »

Trump visits Texas migrant center at invitation of nun on front lines

MCALLEN, Texas | President Donald Trump got a brief look at the work of a well-known Catholic Charities-run refugee center in South Texas during a daylong trip to the border. His visit to the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen Jan. 10 came less than a day after Sister Norma Pimentel welcomed the president to the… Read more »

Catholic groups and others rail against Trump border ‘crisis’ speech

WASHINGTON | No sooner had President Donald Trump finished his Jan. 8 nine-minute speech, his first such event televised in prime time from the Oval Office, about what he called a “crisis” at the border, than Catholic groups and others began tearing apart his arguments. In email statements, via Twitter, in Facebook posts that cascaded… Read more »

U.S. appeals court: Trump can’t end DACA program

SAN FRANCISCO | A federal appeals court ruled Nov. 8 in favor of keeping in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, rejecting the Trump administration’s efforts to end it. The decision, made by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco, upheld a lower court’s… Read more »

Texas bishop prays for refugees ‘left in harm’s way’ with cap on admissions

WASHINGTON | The Trump administration’s cap of 30,000 refugees to be admitted to the United States for fiscal year 2019 will leave thousands more “in harm’s way,” said Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration. He said the bishops were saddened by… Read more »

Judge blocks TPS cancellation, says ending program unconstitutional

SILVER SPRING, Md. | A federal judge’s Oct. 3 preliminary injunction blocking cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for people from four countries living in the United States is a welcome step, said the executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of… Read more »

Catholic leaders oppose administration’s plan to limit green cards

WASHINGTON | Catholic leaders are speaking out against a Trump administration proposed rule announced Sept. 22 that would deny green cards to legal immigrants using public assistance. The 447-page proposal called, “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” is published on the Department of Homeland Security’s website, www.dhs.gov. A news release announcing the rule says it aims… Read more »