Hours before President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address Jan. 30, immigrant supporters said they were concerned with his administration’s “systematic targeting of vulnerable populations.”
Some 800,000 DACA recipients benefited from the program created by executive order by then-U.S. President Barack Obama, a policy rescinded in September by President Donald Trump, who then asked lawmakers to find a permanent solution before the program ends March 5.
Some Catholics said it was more important to look at the sentiment, not the vulgarity of the words the president of the United States allegedly used to refer to immigrants from certain countries: Disparaging, hateful, racist.
On Dec. 5 Dreamers descended upon Capitol Hill for a workshop and to lobby members of Congress to pass a “clean” DREAM Act which would create a path to citizenship.
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, CLINIC, never really had a shortage of opportunities to train lawyers and citizens to represent and advocate for immigrants and refugees.
At the start of their annual fall assembly in Baltimore Nov. 13, U.S. Catholic bishops faced some big issues — immigration and racism — straight on and zeroed in on how to raise the national level of discussion on these topics starting in the church pews.
During a U.N. session preparing for a global compact for migration dedicated to facilitating safe, orderly and regular migration around the world Oct. 12, a Vatican representative said overly strict immigration laws do not discourage migration, and more must be done to keep migrant families together.
In an interview set to air Sept. 10 on the CBS TV program “60 Minutes,” former White House strategist Steve Bannon criticized the Catholic Church and U.S. bishops for their views on immigration, saying “they need illegal aliens to fill the pews.”
The “completely senseless deaths” of 10 people who died of heat exhaustion and suffocation they suffered from being held in a tractor-trailer “is an incomprehensible tragedy,” said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio.
Canada welcomed World Refugee Day June 20 with at least 45,000 already-sponsored refugees scattered across the globe, stuck waiting as long as four years while their ready-and-willing sponsors marvel at the willingness of the Canadian government bureaucracy to squander their dedication, faith and goodwill.
Chalice made from the wood of a refugee boat from Lamedusa was shown by Holy Cross Father Daniel Groody as he spoke of the tensions in the topic of immigration, human rights, civil law and natural law, and national security and human security to the U.S. Bishops June 14.
Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, noted the U.S. bishops for years have pushed for comprehensive immigration reform, but the nation’s refugee and immigration policy, he said, is going the opposite direction, with a renewed emphasis on enforcement-only efforts.