California bishops thank governor, state legislators

"For supporting DACA students, naturalization services and other programs"

With the DACA decision earlier in the month, California leaders are making an effort to deal with the immigration situation in constructive and helpful ways.  The need for comprehensive immigration reform from national political leaders remains critical yet partisanship continues to stymie real debate. The following statement was released by Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, Executive … [Read more...]

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Defying Catholic appeals, Trump moves to end DACA program

Calling the program an “unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said administration wants Congress to act

Five years after the Obama administration enacted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, protecting immigrants who entered the United States as minors from deportation, President Donald Trump has decided he will end it if Congress does not come up with a permanent solution before March 5, 2018. The decision was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez prods President Trump to change DACA position

"They did not make the decision to enter this country in violation of our laws, and in fairness we cannot hold them accountable”

President Donald Trump’s promise to treat undocumented minors with “great heart” needs to be reflected in policy that gives them legal protection, not deportation, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has said. “They did not make the decision to enter this country in violation of our laws, and in fairness we cannot hold them accountable,” Archbishop Gomez said in an Aug. 29 … [Read more...]

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California bishops support SB 54 to resist “brutish nativist polemic”

Measure prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from using resources to assist in immigration enforcement

Statement from Bishop Jaime Soto, Sacramento, and president of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops: The California Catholic Conference of Bishops supports SB 54, the California Values Act. In the nation today, some are displacing trust and cooperation with fear and hatred. In our estimation, the majority of Californians, as well as the nation, desire rather to … [Read more...]

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Sacramento bishop calls special meeting on immigration

Bishop Jaime Soto announces Aug. 25 get-together for pastors, parochial administrators, clergy and school administrators to discuss "concerns regarding the new Administration’s immigration enforcement policies"

Dear Pastors, Parochial Administrators, Clergy and School Administrators: In the light of ongoing concerns regarding the new Administration’s immigration enforcement policies, I am inviting all pastors, clergy and principals to a special meeting to discuss this matter on Friday, August 25th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Pastoral Center. I have also asked the Office of Catholic … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez calls on Congress to pass Dream Act

“We are talking about people who have grown up in this country since they were young children. America is all they know”

Too many young people are threatened with deportation because their parents brought them to the U.S. without documentation, and Congress needs to pass the Dream Act to help them, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has said. The proposed legislation “would permanently lift the threat of deportation that right now hangs over the heads of more than one million young people who … [Read more...]

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California bishops support bill to restrict immigration enforcement

SB 54 establishes “safe zones” that would that require California schools, hospitals and courtrooms to adopt policies that limit immigration enforcement on their premises

California’s efforts to protect immigrants while balancing legitimate public safety concerns is proving more difficult than many thought. SB 54, the California Values Act (de Leon, D-Los Angeles), is at an impasse, at least temporarily, as Governor Brown, Senate President pro temp Kevin de Leon, immigration groups and law enforcement interests grapple with the legislation’s … [Read more...]

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