Tag: Trump

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 »

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 »