Editorial | Immigration reform for the common good of all

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has staked his political fortunes on the issue of immigration -- it's not seen as a compassionate approach, but it has kept the issue of comprehensive immigration reform alive, which is a good thing.

Meanwhile, a federal judge has ordered the release of hundreds of mothers and children held by immigration authorities in detention centers. The Obama administration has appealed the order.

Despite the current sentiment toward unauthorized or illegal immigration, the biblical tradition of compassion for the stranger, the alien and the worker trumps all.

Accepting Jesus' call to welcome the strangers among us

Marie Kenyon, center, talked with Daughters of Charity Sister Joan Kuester, left, and Sister Loretto Gettemeier before the Faith in Ferguson gathering May 5 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ferguson. Kenyon, director of the archdiocesan Peace and Justice Commission, gave the keynote address at the prayer service.

Before the violence in Ferguson last summer, the hot-button issue was immigration, though the word "immigration" inadequately describes the human tragedy.

Even declaring the immigration "undocumented" or "illegal" fails to describe the hardships at the United States-Mexico border, where droves of children arrive -- sans parents -- from Central America. Their families send them with strangers on a harrowing, nightmarish journey to escape gangs, violence and possibly death in countries such as Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Catholic Church continues, in new ways, to help immigrant population

WASHINGTON -- The Catholic Church in the United States has had a long history of being a voice for immigrants and it continues to do so but in new ways, said speakers at a March 12 conference at The Catholic University of America.

There has been so much Church involvement on this issue that a few of the panelists at the conference: "American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present" said their allotted time to speak wasn't nearly enough to delve into the topic.

Obama, Archbishop Cupich meet in Chicago, talk immigration

CHICAGO -- Less than a week after he was installed in his new position, Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich had a brief private meeting with President Barack Obama when the president visited the city to promote his executive actions on immigration.

Children's 'feliz' contrasts with rough past

Together at last

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For more than seven years, the four girls stayed in Honduras without their mother, in homes where they were neglected or abused. They had about a half dozen caregivers, all but a couple of them caring only about the money they were sent to care for them.

The girls’ mother, Lizeth Gavarrete, left Honduras for the United States just as her mother did when Gavarrete was just age 4. Gavarrete was seeking work and fleeing an abusive relationship.

Compassion, hospitality the focus of ecumenical prayer service for immigrant children

Jim Mayhew played a flute to lead a prayer walk for unaccompanied children coming to the United States. Several dozen people attended the prayer vigil at the Turkish Pavilion in Tower Grove Park Aug. 19 meant to raise awareness of the influx of undocumented children as a humanitarian, not political, issue.

Parents with toddlers in strollers, adults and children of all ages, and religious sisters waved pinwheels symbolic of childhood innocence as they walked solemnly in prayer at an ecumenical prayer vigil for immigrant children on August 19.

Dozens of people of all faiths gathered at the Turkish Pavilion in Tower Grove Park to pray for the thousands of unaccompanied minors immigrating to the United States, and for those in law enforcement responding to the massive influx of immigrant children.

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