Immigration bill has hurdles to overcome, but supporters prepare for passage

People ralled for comprehensive immigration reform April 10 near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, urging lawmakers to support a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Comprehensive immigration reform legislation barely cleared its first hurdle in Congress in May with the approval of the Senate Judiciary Committee, but supporters are preparing for the work that must be done should the bill become law.

Venezuelan-Americans warn of future exodus if unrest at home continues

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- After a four-year labor of love, Valentina Peraza is almost finished creating a 7-foot-tall painting of St. Charbel, the Maronite monk and beloved saint of Lebanon, which she hopes to present to the parish of her childhood in Venezuela's oil-rich state of Monagas.

She has plenty of concerns about getting the painting to Venezuela; obtaining a copyright and assuring safe transportation of her work are among them.

La Posada Providencia reaches out to those seeking asylum

A pregnant woman, her husband and their 5-year-old daughter fled what they felt was life-threatening persecution in their home country. They entered the United States without documentation and were detained by the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement.

Immigration seen as helping region; welcome mat urged

Slowly over the last year or so the need for immigration reform has been getting a new look, picking up support in the business community and, more recently, in the U.S. Congress.

Now comes word from recent studies that encouraging immigration to the St. Louis area and the state would bring economic benefits and stop a slide in population and income growth.

Reform of the system has long been a goal of many Catholics, including the U.S. bishops.

Thousands call for immigration reform at U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of people gathered around the country in early April to call for immigration reform legislation, to urge an end to deportation policies that separate families, and generally to open a nationwide push for immigration-focused changes aimed at Congress and the White House.

Those events were to lead up to an April 10 rally on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. There, an expected tens of thousands of people were to call on Congress to move faster on comprehensive immigration reform legislation seen to have the best chance for passage since the 1980s.

Editorial | Immigration and economic growth

When we encounter a stranger, we meet Christ. When we welcome new neighbors, we welcome the Lord. When we love our neighbor, we discover the face of God and we experience the power of God's love for us.

We reach out in hospitality to our brothers and sisters regardless of the language they speak, the color of their skin or their socio-economic background.

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