Category Archive for: immigration

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

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

Pope urges respect for the life and dignity of migrants, refugees

With millions of people fleeing violence, persecution and poverty around the globe, individual nations must expand options that make it possible for migrants and refugees to cross their borders safely and legally, Pope Francis said. “The principle of the centrality of the human person, firmly stated by my beloved predecessor, Benedict XVI, obliges us to…Read More