Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo of Seattle and Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Orange, California, have written Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to end deportation raids.
In the wake of U.S. government apprehending and deporting Central American migrants who entered the U.S. illegally, interest groups and parishioners are organizing to help the migrants.
A little more than one day before an expansion was to take effect in a deferred deportation program known as DACA, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Obama administration's effort.
In a 123-page memorandum released by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott late Monday evening, District Court Judge Andrew Hanen granted the request of Texas and 25 other states to temporarily block a planned expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to certain people who were ineligible for the original 2012 program.
Two bishops sent a letter to President Barack Obama, asking for executive action "to protect undocumented individuals and families as soon as possible, within the limits of your executive authority."
"These children and families have journeyed to our country, fleeing violence and destitution in Central America. ... They are exhausted, afraid and clinging to hope."
Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform are reminding members of Congress that they will be held accountable at the polls if they fail before their summer recess to pass a bill that fixes the system.
President Barack Obama told activists he would consider ways to ease the effects of strict enforcement as frustration grows over the lack of progress on immigration reform.