The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration June 1 criticized the Trump administration for “forcibly separating children from their mothers and fathers” at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Roaming the halls of the U.S. Congress is one of the last things Jesuit Father Ismael Moreno Coto imagined he’d have to do in his life’s work as a priest.
Catholic groups hailed an April 24 decision by a federal judge that said a program that benefits young adults who came into the country without legal permission as minors can still accept new and renewed applications and must maintain protections that prevent those who are enrolled in it from being deported.
By day’s end Feb. 15, members of the U.S. Senate had rejected four immigration proposals, leaving it unclear how lawmakers will address overall immigration reform and keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in place.
Religious leaders, including influential voices in the Catholic Church, want the Trump administration to allow immigrants who are in the United States under a special immigration status to be able to stay in the country.
Pope Francis called on the people of the United States to welcome migrants and urged those who are welcomed to respect the laws of the country during a live video conversation with teenagers from around the world.
The 70-point Immigration Principles and Policies sent to Congress Oct. 8 calls for a major tightening of immigration laws; raising the standard of proof for asylum seekers; and limiting family members of current immigrants who can enter the country.
In an Oct. 10 statement, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas said the Trump administration policy proposal’s principles fail to recognize that the family is the fundamental building block of our immigration system, our society and our church.
The Trump administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance.
The U.S. Catholic bishops and other faith groups are objecting to reports that the Trump administration will limit the number of refugees the United States accepts to 45,000 for the upcoming fiscal year.