BEFORE THE CROSS | Pastoral statment on immigration and mercy


Read the full statement here.

Leer la declaración en espanol aqui.

Judge orders release of immigrant families within 60 days

WASHINGTON - A federal judge Aug. 21 gave the Obama administration 60 days -- until Oct. 23 -- to release the hundreds of immigrant mothers and children being held in locked detention centers.

Central California District Court Judge Dolly Gee reiterated her order of a month earlier, in which she said a long-standing court settlement over treatment of juveniles in immigration custody is violated by the government's policy of detaining mothers and children while they pursue asylum or other ways of remaining in the country.

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.

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