Tag: Trump

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 »

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 »

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 »

Papal diplomat says U.S.-North Korea summit brings hope for peace

VATICAN CITY | Talks between the leaders of the United States and North Korea are “truly historic” and bring hope for the start of a new era of peace, said Pope Francis’ ambassador to Korea. A “very important” new page has been turned, Archbishop Alfred Xuereb, apostolic nuncio to South Korea and Mongolia, told Vatican… Read more »

Trump signs order to give faith groups stronger voice in government

WASHINGTON | In front of a small crowd of cabinet members and religious leaders at the White House Rose Garden May 3, President Donald Trump announced, and then signed, an executive order giving faith-based groups a stronger voice in the federal government. “It’s a great day,” he said after signing the order and passing out… Read more »

USCCB migration chair shares concerns prompted by border troops

WASHINGTON | The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration committee said April 11 he agrees with concerns raised issued by U.S. bishops on the southern border about President Donald Trump’s call to deploy National Guard troops to the region. “Current law entitles those fleeing persecution and arriving in our country… Read more »

Pope, Christian leaders condemn use of violence against Syria

VATICAN CITY | Sharply criticizing a failure to find nonviolent means of bringing peace to Syria and other parts of the world, Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to work for justice and peace. “I am deeply disturbed by the current world situation, in which, despite the instruments available to international community, it struggles to… Read more »