Immigration

On a Journey of hope and faith

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When Marie Uwamahoro was 7, her family fled the civil war in the Central African Republic.

She loved her former home, but being so young, the adjustment to life in the United States was easier than it was for her parents. Now a sophomore at Notre Dame High School in Lemay, Marie likes the opportunities St. Louis offers and the diversity of the city. She's planning to attend college, perhaps becoming a nurse.

Catholic attorney protects rights of people of Islamic faith

Robert West, a graduate of St. Louis Priory School and St. Louis University, serves as staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations and works on civil rights cases. He sees a lot of parallels with Muslims, especially recent immigrants, and Catholic immigrants centuries ago, and is inspired by Catholic social teaching. He is helping the Alnusour family who say they have been under threats from a neighbor in south St. Louis. West visited their home and spoke with Eyad and his wife, Laila.

The young family — dad, mom and three children — is happy with their two-story home in south St. Louis, in a normally quiet residential area.

But they fear they may have to move from their home of more than a year and a half after encountering what they see as a bullying neighbor motivated by his hatred of Muslims.

After campaign rhetoric about deportation, bishops send message on immigrants' dignity

BALTIMORE -- In a letter read Nov. 14 during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the chairman of the bishops' Committee on Migration, Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo of Seattle, called on President-elect Donald Trump "to continue to protect the inherent dignity of refugees and migrants."

Catholic advocates look at next step in immigration battle

A mother and daughter in Los Angeles react after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a split ruling June 23 blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions to temporarily stop deportations.

WASHINGTON — Catholic advocates say the recent Supreme Court ruling on immigration, while it caused great disappointment, also has spurred many of them to work harder to reform the country's immigration system and push for better understanding of immigrants.

Students at Catholic Teach-In determined to act on immigration issue

More than 100 students from Catholic high schools heard undocumented teenaged immigrants share their personal experiences at a “Catholic Teach-in,” an immigration event sponsored by the archdiocesan Peace and Justice Commission. Jack Sullivan and James Whalen from St. John Vianney High School listened as a teenager talked about the dangerous river crossing en route to the United States.

Brought to the United States by their parents at a very young age, they've learned English, achieved a high school education and become a part of their communities. They see themselves as Americans.

One year later: Central American minors in U.S. still face challenges

WASHINGTON -- Just because unaccompanied Central American minors are no longer crossing the U.S. border in the vast numbers they were last year doesn't mean their problems are over.

Significant challenges exist for these young people stuck in limbo while awaiting hearings to determine their legal status in the U.S.

Speakers at a Washington immigration conference stressed that the situation has hardly improved and instead has only grown worse.

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