Washington D.C., Jul 19, 2018 / 11:00 am
Government officials are due in federal court Thursday to deliver a list of parents held in ICE detention considered ineligible for reunification with their children. The update comes as Catholics and other organizations continue to call for policies that prioritize the family.
While government officials insist that in some cases there may be security concerns about parents, prominent Catholics have called for end to the separation of families.
Dr. Joseph Capizzi, a professor of moral theology at the Catholic University of America, told CNA that the "vast majority" of families in separation cases pose no threat to U.S. security. Instead, Capizzi said that Catholics should look to fix the reasons people are leaving their home countries for the United States. Otherwise, he said, there will be no end to the immigration issue.
Many of the parents are seeking asylum in the United States, citing violent or deprived conditions in their home countries.