Immigration and the Church

Supreme Court declines Ala. immigration case


The Supreme Court will not consider a case involving the harboring provision in Alabama's immigration law.

In 2011, Alabama passed an immigration enforcement law that, among other things, made it illegal to harbor people not authorized to live in the United States. The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit upheld injunctions against the provision in August 2012, saying it infringed on federal law, according to Reuters.

Journalists no longer to use 'Illegal immigrant'


In a linguistic victory for human rights activists, journalists across the country will no longer use the term 'illegal immigrant' to describe someone in the country illegally following a decision Tuesday by the Associated Press to change its style on the matter.

The AP is a multinational news service. It publishes a stylebook yearly that is widely used by news organizations to determine grammar, punctuation, and reporting practices. 

Migrant body found in desert


On May 12, a Tucson physician and her son found the body of a young male in the Santa Cruz riverbed near Tubac, about a half mile east of the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 19, according to a news release from the Tucson Samaritans and Green Valley Samaritans.

They called in the discovery to the Santa Cruz County sheriff’s office, which responded immediately and removed the body.

Founded 10 years ago, the Samaritans are people who provide food, water and medical aid to migrants in the Tucson sector of the borderlands and work to humanize border policy, according to the release.

Read more by clicking here to access the news release.

Salt Lake Tribune story on Utah's Stephen Sandstrom evolving compassion


Former Rep. Stephen Sandstrom authored an immigration enforcement bill for Utah in 2010 much like Arizona's. But now The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

The changing heart of Stephen Sandstrom hinged on meeting a teenager named Sara.


It was the summer of 2011 and the Orem Republican lawmaker had just finished a panel discussion on illegal immigration at a West Valley City school auditorium, where he was defending a hard-line approach.

Sandstrom, who tended to stay late after public events to meet with people one on one, was approached afterward by a 19-year-old with long, dark hair. She began to tell him her story. He later said he couldn’t stop thinking about her.


Read more of the story here.

Volunteer deportation act leads to jail


Kalsum Pangkey, a 56-year-old undocumented immigrant from Indonesia, went to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office on April 25 to report that she was ready to leave the U.S. and pay her way back to her country.

The authorities locked her in detention, where she remains. She had gone to the ICE office to say she would voluntarily depart and asked for a stay of deportation for a few months to arrange for the move.

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National conference calls for immigration policy change


RIO RICO, Ariz. -- What should we do with the 9-year-old boy who slipped across the U.S.-Mexico border on April 12, desperate to find his mother, who came here earlier from their home in El Salvador to find work in hopes of bringing the family to a new life in the United States? Attempts to reconnect him to his mother could expose her to deportation.



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July 14-27, 2017