Distinctly Catholic: There are three things that must be done: Tell the truth. Resist the deportation police. And, fight the fear.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Department of Homeland Security releases two new memos on immigration: White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the guidelines include hiring more border agents, construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and hiring more personnel to "repatriate illegal immigrants swiftly."
NCR Today: What can we do? We can hold a prayer vigil and press conference.
Faith and Justice: The United States has an obligation to identify and protect bona fide refugees and asylum seekers, but too often this does not happen.
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said that a planned increase in federal immigration raids is "yet another depressing sign of the failed state of American immigration policy."
Catholic advocacy agencies joined the pushback after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at the beginning of the year arrested immigrants, Central American families, who were in the United States illegally.
Central American women and children fleeing violence in their homelands seek asylum in America, the advocates said, but are treated like criminals.
The bishops recommended replacing the practice with alternative detention programs that would give back immigrants their dignity and due process.
Although the number of Central American migrants entering the U.S. has diminished in recent months, thousands remain incarcerated within secure detention facilities across the country without hope for release.
After being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, families and children as young as 12 days old are held within facilities that not only house hundreds of people for extensive periods of time, but also lack adequate medical or psychological care for their residents.
"As we rejoice tonight, we are also fully aware that the president's action is a temporary fix and that we must continue the hard work of promoting comprehensive reform."