Immigration

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Central American Migrants.

At USCCB conference, advocate explains immigrant recruitment fraud

Dec 6, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

An immigrant rights group hopes the Maryland legislature will protect migrant workers in the state from labor trafficking and fraud... Read more

Border Marker at San Ysidro. CNA file photo.

Texas diocese says border wall on Church land violates religious freedom

Nov 27, 2018

The Diocese of Brownsville, Texas is pushing back against a government effort to use Church property to aid in the... Read more

Members of a Central American caravan heading toward the US.

Federal judge sides with asylum-seeking migrants, blocks Trump order

Nov 20, 2018

The Trump administration’s new rules limiting asylum for undocumented immigrants was wrong, says a federal judge who ruled they can... Read more

Trump’s plan for birthright citizenship flawed, says Catholic U law professor

Nov 1, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

A plan floated by President Donald Trump to end “birthright citizenship” through an executive order is likely unconstitutional, according to... Read more

For families separated at the border, Catholics and Lutherans work together

Oct 25, 2018

Catholic and Lutheran agencies jointly released a report Oct. 17 to document the two agencies’ role in helping to reunite... Read more

With city support, Baltimore parish will issue IDs to undocumented parishioners

Oct 19, 2018

By Jonah McKeown

A Baltimore Catholic parish announced that it will begin issuing parish identification cards, with the goal of making undocumented immigrants... Read more

Jose, Archbishop Gomez, and Antonio Mendez at the National V Encuentro on Sept. 22, 2018.

Two pilgrims trek 30 miles to Encuentro to raise awareness of immigration issues

Sep 23, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Most of the delegates attending the National V Encuentro conference arrived by plane, or by car if they lived locally... Read more

Immigrants rights activists.

‘We’re brothers and sisters in Christ’: For Encuentro Catholics, immigration is personal

Sep 22, 2018

By Mary Farrow

When Miriam Joyce of the Diocese of Raleigh talks about immigration, her face folds with concern.  Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience March 14, 2018.

Speak out against injustice, Pope Francis says

Sep 7, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

God needs Christians to be his hands and feet on earth, and to speak out about injustice wherever it happens,... Read more

Catholics minister to mothers and children in Texas detention centers

Aug 23, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Before being allowed to celebrate Mass for families housed at a migrant detention center in south Texas, a local priest... Read more

Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

Chicago workshop seeks to expand immigrant-led ministry nationwide

Jul 18, 2018

A five-day training session in the Archdiocese of Chicago last week gathered leaders from across the country to learn about... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez celebrates Mass on the new feast of Mary, our Mother of the Church, in May 2018.

Archbishop Gomez: Hearing immigrants' stories should make us grateful

Jul 2, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

During a visit to the United States’ southern border, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles called for Catholics to lobby... Read more

Families meet through the border fence.

Amid policy debate, US bishops hear from migrants at the border

Jul 2, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Seeking to hear the stories of migrants and how they have been affected by U.S. detention policy, a delegation of... Read more

LA archbishop on immigration: God calls us to speak out against injustice

Jun 29, 2018

At a Mass in honor of immigrants on June 24, Archbishop Jose Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles called... Read more

Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger. CNA file photo.

Tucson bishop elaborates on ‘canonical penalties’ for immigrant family separation

Jun 20, 2018

A bishop who suggested last week that the Church consider canonical penalties for Catholics involved in the separation of families... Read more

President Donald Trump.

LA archbishop welcomes Trump immigration order

Jun 20, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

The Archbishop of Los Angeles said he “welcomes” an executive order signed Wednesday by President Trump, and called on Congress... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis criticizes Trump's 'zero-tolerance' migrant policy

Jun 20, 2018

By Elise Harris

In a new interview with Reuters, Pope Francis backed the U.S. bishops' opposition to the separation of migrant children from... Read more

The Catholic vision of just immigration reform

Jun 18, 2018

By JD Flynn

A Honduran woman says that federal immigration authorities took her daughter from her arms as she breastfed the child. When... Read more

What are the new border policies? A CNA explainer

Jun 18, 2018

In May 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero tolerance” policy that seeks to criminally prosecute 100 percent of... Read more

Jeff Sessions.

Jeff Sessions says the Bible justifies family separation. Does it?

Jun 15, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The Trump administration has pointed to the Bible in justifying its “zero-tolerance immigration policy,” which includes the separation of immigrant... Read more