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May 30, 2019: Migrants from Central America cross the U.S.-Mexico border at El Paso, Texas / Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico to seek asylum in the United States.

Forcing asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico will 'deepen human suffering,' immigrant advocates say

Aug 25, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Catholic immigration advocates on Tuesday decried a Supreme Court decision forcing the Biden administration to reinstate the “Remain in Mexico”... Read more

Vice President Kamala Harris (center-back) and Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso (back right) at an immigration roundtable at El Paso International Airport on Friday, June 25, 2021.

What the bishop of El Paso told the vice president on immigration

Jun 25, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The bishop of El Paso said the Church must work with the administration on issues that overlap, after attending an... Read more

A soup kitchen for refugees in Athens.

Vatican to welcome asylum seekers to Italy

Dec 2, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Thursday, the Holy See will welcome 33 refugees to Italy as they arrive from the Greek island of Lesbos... Read more

New US asylum rule is gambling with lives of migrants, Catholic leaders warn

Nov 25, 2019

New asylum rules from the Trump administration put vulnerable people at risk and could further destabilize Central America, the U.S.... Read more

Priest assisting in identification of Essex lorry deaths

Nov 4, 2019

After 39 people were found dead in a semi trailer in eastern England last month, a Catholic priest has joined... Read more

Police officers drive away a lorry in which was discovered 39 dead bodies, at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, Oct. 23, 2019.

Catholics call for prayer, legal migration routes after Essex lorry deaths

Oct 26, 2019

In the wake of the discovery of the bodies of eight women and 31 men inside a semi trailer in... Read more

Refugees with children. Stock photo/Shutterstock

Bishops and Catholic Charities condemn new federal refugee limits

Sep 27, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Catholic leaders and organizations have condemned an announcement by the Trump administration that it intends to cap the number of refugees admitted to... Read more

Cuban asylum seekers wait for an appointment with US authorities in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on May 31, 2019.

Catholic immigration group sues Trump administration over asylum policy

Sep 10, 2019

A Catholic group is suing the Trump administration over the restriction of protections granted to asylum seekers in the U.S.  Read more

Asylum seekers in Ciudad Juarez.

El Paso bishop launches fundraiser for asylum seekers stuck in Mexico

Jul 30, 2019

A Catholic diocese has teamed up with a local immigration aid group to help refugees on the western Texas-Mexico border.  Read more

Guatemalan migrants cross into Mexico on July 22, 2019.

Federal judge temporarily blocks Trump admin’s new asylum rules

Jul 25, 2019

A federal judge in California has issued a temporary injunction against the Trump administration’s new rule limiting asylum eligibility on... Read more

US bishops say reported shutdown of refugee program is 'disturbing'

Jul 22, 2019

If reports of major cuts to the U.S. refugee resettlement and asylum programs are true they are alarming, the chair... Read more

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo at the USCCB autumn General Assembly in Baltimore, Nov. 12, 2018. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Bishops condemn new asylum policy for U.S.-Mexico border

Jul 16, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

The president of U.S. bishops’ conference issued a statement on Tuesday condemning a newly-announced rule on asylum eligibility at the... Read more

View of Algodones, Mexico from the US side of the Port of Entry.

Trump administration issues new asylum rules for southern border

Jul 15, 2019

The Trump administration announced a new rule on Monday, changing the asylum application process along the U.S.-Mexco border.  Read more

Migrants from Honduras on their way to the United States July 10, 2019.

Ariz. Catholic agency hopes to house asylum seekers in unused detention center

Jul 11, 2019

A Catholic agency in Tucson, Arizona is hoping to transform an unused portion of a juvenile detention center into housing... Read more

Central American migrants and asylum-seekers prepare to board the freight train in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Judge rules asylum seekers cannot be forced to remain in Mexico

Apr 9, 2019

Asylum seekers crossing the southern border may no longer have to return to Mexico while their cases are heard after... Read more

Catholic leaders speak out against 'Remain in Mexico' policy

Mar 14, 2019

Catholic leaders released a statement this week in disagreement with the United States’ expansion of a policy that restricts asylum... Read more

Papua New Guinea flag flies ahead of the Nov. 17-18 APEC summit.

'Give them freedom' – PNG bishops denounce six-year refugee detention

Jan 5, 2019

The bishops of Papua New Guinea have issued a renewed plea on behalf of the nearly 500 refugees and asylum... 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

US President Donald Trump speaks at the White House, Aug. 7, 2017.

Trump signs rules restricting asylum for illegal migrants

Nov 9, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

US President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Friday morning that would prohibit those who entered the United States illegally through... Read more

Women raises hand on chain-link fence.

Lawsuit filed against new US government asylum rules

Aug 9, 2018

Immigration activists have made a legal challenge to the government’s criteria for migrants seeking asylum on Tuesday, saying that the... Read more