Archbishop Jose H. Gomez writes: "We have a consensus in public opinion. What we are waiting for is politicians and media figures who have the will and the courage to tell the truth and to lead."
Officials of the Baton Rouge diocese’s Hispanic Apostolate expressed concern about encounters with the Mayor's Office of Homeland Security via email and a personal visit in the days following August's historic flooding.
Julia Scarnato, who recently joined the apostolate staff, and Fr. Eliecer Montanez-Grimaldos, chaplain, questioned if the government agency may have been using the office as an unwilling conduit to track down and arrest immigrants living in the country illegally.
Making a Difference: Millions of workers must secretly and dangerously cross the border to fill vacant American jobs in order to support their families.
NCR Today: When asked aboard the papal plane about Donald Trump, Pope Francis was addressing the hypocrisy of so-called Christians who do not act like Christians.
Donald Trump’s proposals on immigration action are racist. He is calling, for example, for the elimination or the revision of the Fourteenth Amendment that provides U.S. citizenship to anyone born in the United States. This amendment was intended to confer citizenship on the emancipated African American slaves. Trump is aiming his attack on the amendment, however, on the U.S.-born children of undocumented Latino immigrants.
Dolan wrote that as an American, he takes "seriously the great invitation and promise of Lady Liberty."
The ruling has led to questions whether the federal government will appeal and how immigration officials will comply.
Migrants with no representation are more likely to lose their asylum claims than those who do get legal counsel, according to a report by the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.
Bishop Jaime Soto called the bulk of those crossing the U.S.-Mexico border "asylum-seekers" and said their jailing "is a violation of international law."
The bishops recommended replacing the practice with alternative detention programs that would give back immigrants their dignity and due process.