Category Archive for: immigration

Federal Court Orders Restoration of DACA Program

A federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday that the government must restart the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deportation amnesty, adding more weight to the legal case against President Trump’s phaseout of the program just as Congress is debating the fate of “Dreamers” on Capitol Hill. Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis said the administration…Read More

Sen. Lankford Outlines Republican Senate DACA Solution

Oklahoma’s junior Sen. James Lankford joined MSNBC to outline a proposal on a solution for the so-called DREAMers, young immigrants who came to the United States as children while accompanying their parents. The debate continues to generate debate on both sides of the aisle as neither party to-date has been willing to reconcile a path…Read More

There are 3.6M ‘DREAMers’ — a number far greater than commonly known

The political debate over the fate of “DREAMers” — undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — has overlooked just how many there are in the country today: about 3.6 million. That number of people whose lives risk being uprooted is not widely known, in large part because so much public attention has been focused recently on 800,000 mostly young DREAMers accepted…Read More

Vatican Newspaper: Trump Comments ‘Harsh, Offensive’

In its continuing coverage of the U.S. immigration debate, the Vatican newspaper noted media reports that President Donald Trump “used particularly harsh and offensive words about immigrants” from several countries. “No agreement on Dreamers” was the headline on the lead story for L’Osservatore Romano’s edition dated Jan. 13 and published late Jan. 12. In the…Read More

Archbishop Gomez: Ending DACA will lead to ‘humanitarian crisis’

Congress must separate “the conversation about DACA” from the “larger issues” about U.S. immigration policy, because allowing the program to expire will lead “to a humanitarian crisis,” especially in Los Angeles, said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. “As a nation, we have a moral and humanitarian obligation to the ‘Dreamers.’ These young people have done nothing…Read More

Catholic groups decry end of immigration protection for Salvadorans

As the Catholic Church in the U.S. began observing National Migration Week, a time to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, immigrants, refugees, and human trafficking victims, the administration of President Donald Trump announced that it would end an immigration program for thousands of Salvadorans, one of the largest groups of modern-day immigrants in the…Read More

Senators, White House lay groundwork for Dreamers deal

Top senators and White House officials are laying the groundwork for a major immigration deal in January to resolve the fate of young undocumented immigrants whose legal protections were put in limbo by President Donald Trump. At a Tuesday afternoon meeting with nearly a dozen senators deeply involved in immigration policy, White House chief of…Read More

US Bishops Issue Call for Much Needed Immigration Reform

As the conclusion of a lengthy discussion on migration, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops decided Monday to draft a statement from their president expressing the need for humane and just immigration reform. The Nov. 13 proposal was first floated by Archbishop Michael Sheehan, Archbishop Emeritus of Santa Fe. After debating how to go about…Read More

Tulsa World: Bishops Call Lankford’s SUCCEED Good First Step

Our nation has grappled with the difficult issue of immigration for hundreds of years, struggling to manage the sometimes rapid change in demographics. Throughout the decades, we have wrestled with a profound question: How do we protect our citizens and remain a nation of laws while respecting the inherent dignity of each human person? U.S.…Read More

OK Catholic bishops praise Lankford’s Succeed Act

Leaders of the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma recently praised a recent measure introduced by U.S. Sen. James Lankford as a “legislative remedy” for children of immigrants. Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, drafted the measure, entitled the Succeed Act, following President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the previous administration’s…Read More