San Diego bishops join protest at Otay Mesa Detention Center

Bishop Robert McElroy: "If Mary, Joseph and Jesus had come to our border last week as refugees, the child Jesus would have been ripped from their arms and put in a cage"

When Jesus was born He was hunted by the government, forcing His family to flee the country and seek refuge, Bishop Robert W. McElroy told an estimated 1,000 people who gathered outside the gate of a federal detention facility. “I grieve because I think of the fact that if Mary, Joseph and Jesus had come to our border last week as refugees, the child Jesus would have been … [Read more...]

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‘No more mañanas’

At June 24 Mass for All Immigrants in Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose Gomez tells faithful the time for excuses on immigration reform is over

Amid the country’s escalating immigration crisis, Archbishop José H. Gomez encouraged Catholics at the June 24 Mass for All Immigrants not to be “discouraged by voices of fear and ugliness,” but to be “coworkers in renewing the soul of America.” “God will never leave his people alone,” Archbishop Gomez said, reflecting on the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist … [Read more...]

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Bishops of Mexico release security guide in response to rising crime

Advice includes details about how to handle travel, making a withdrawal from an ATM, and what to do if you are kidnapped, robbed, threatened, or extorted

As increased levels of violence in Mexico continue, the Mexican Bishops Conference has published a protocol guide to help prevent crimes against priests, religious and faithful in the country. The protocols are not intended to hinder “the pastoral activity of bishops, nuns and lay people, but to [help them] do it in the safest possible way,” said Bishop Alfonso Miranda … [Read more...]

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President Trump issues executive order on border orphans

Move is welcomed by bishops

After claiming to have no legal authority to unilaterally amend a recent Justice Department directive that resulted in the separation of migrant children from their parents along the U.S.-Mexico border, President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order aimed at keeping families together after being apprehended for crossing illegally. "We're going to have strong, very … [Read more...]

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“Un-American, un-Christian and inhumane”

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath denounces separation of families at US-Mexico border

The following comes from Bishop McGrath’s “Message on Separated Families”:

 Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are hundreds of miles from the border, yet what has happened along the US-Mexico border over the past few weeks has a direct impact on many of our own people. Images of crying children, separated from their mothers, and the anguish of mothers whose infants have been … [Read more...]

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“The end of our great national tradition”

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy joins other bishops in denouncing decision by attorney general to put a stop to asylum claims based on domestic abuse, gang violence: "We have truly lost our moral compass as a country”

A decision to deny appeals for asylum in the United States based on claims of domestic abuse or gang violence has been deplored by Catholic leaders from coast to coast. San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy called a ruling by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reject such claims “a denial of our heritage.” “For the whole of our history, the United States has been a refuge for … [Read more...]

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San Diego diocese announces program to prevent family separation at the border

Bishop Robert McElroy celebrates June 10 border Mass, along with Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan, to launch the “Footprints of Tenderness” initiative

In response to the Trump administration’s policy that separates children from their parents arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, Bishop Robert McElroy has announced that the diocese of San Diego will launch a program aimed at keeping asylum-seeking families together. During a border mass on Saturday, McElroy said “I think it’s inhumane to deliberately separate mothers from … [Read more...]

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“Don’t come back”

A deported migrant's story

July 2, 2015 began with a bologna sandwich and eight hours in a cell. Adrian Quiroz’s four months in immigration detention were coming to a close, and he was going to be deported to Mexico that day. He and the other deportees were strip-searched, handcuffed together, and then ushered onto the bus that would take them out of Mesa, Arizona and through the high-traffic border town … [Read more...]

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San Bernardino Bishop: Trump Administration immigration policy is an attack on the family

Separation of children from their parents violates Church teaching on human dignity, Bishop Barnes says

The following is an excerpt from a recent writing of Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino: We are called to take notice of and respond to specific situations and challenges that impact family life. One very painful and egregious example of this is recent reports of tactics now being carried out by federal immigration enforcement officials in regard to undocumented persons … [Read more...]

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Bishops pressure House Majority Leader on DACA

Archbishop Jose Gomez, bishops Jaime Soto and Armando Ochoa publish open letter to U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy urging him to allow House of Representatives to vote on immigration measure

In an open letter to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that was printed in the Bakersfield Californian, Catholic leaders in California urged Rep. McCarthy to allow a House vote on critical legislation that would prevent the deportation of young people who were brought into this country as minors, but who lack formal permission to remain in the United States. The letter was … [Read more...]

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