A proposed federal rule change to deny green cards to legal immigrants if they become branded a “public charge” for taking certain federal or state poverty benefits is “a fear-creator,” said William Canny, the executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Office Department of Migration and Refugee Services.
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.
Migrants seeking a better life in other countries must not be viewed with suspicion but rather defended and protected, no matter their status, Pope Francis said.
The head of Catholic Charities USA is saddened that many Catholics have “become acclimated” to national resentment over migrants.
With so much suffering, poverty and exploitation in the world, missionary work must also include reaching out to people whose hearts are closed to receiving immigrants and refugees, Pope Francis told Jesuits in Myanmar.
While many Catholics took to social media asking for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the life of migrants who have come to the U.S. seeking a better life, President Donald Trump called, on Dec. 12, her feast day, for an end to two immigration programs.
As the nation made preparations to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed gratitude for “the gift of immigrants and refugees to the country,” but also appealed for their protection.
St. Frances Cabrini, the missionary to Italian immigrants in the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s, “teaches us the path to handling the epochal phenomenon of migration by joining charity and justice,” Pope Francis said.
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta has conveyed a challenge for justice, civility and respect and delivered a personal message of encouragement to the Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
Immigrants facing deportation have won the occasional judicial victory, but getting a judge to hear their case poses the bigger problem in immigrants’ desperate attempt to stay in the United States.
President Donald Trump’s executive order went into litigation almost as soon as it was issued Jan. 27 and now Supreme Court of the United States said that this fall it will hear a case involving the travel ban, which seeks to delay entry into the country by immigrants from six majority-Muslim countries and one that suspends, for a time, the entry of all refugees.