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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California bishops issue Mother’s Day statement

Use the occasion to call again for immigration reform, suggest current policies violate Fourth Commandment

During this week of Mother’s Day celebrations in the United States and Mexico, the enduring bonds of family will light up social media, overload telephone lines, and overflow many dining tables as children text, call, FaceTime, present home-made cards, feast, offer bouquets, and thank their mothers for their lifetime of labor and love. The wisdom of the fourth commandment, to … [Read more...]

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Holy Thursday tradition of washing feet turns political

Interfaith leaders washed the feet of immigrants outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Morgan Hill, at the Southern Branch of the California Superior Court in Redwood City, at the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office in Martinez and at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department in Oakland

In a modern political twist to an ancient Roman Catholic tradition observed annually during Holy Week, interfaith leaders from throughout the South Bay on Thursday washed the feet of immigrants — among them a Pakistani Muslim and an Irishman — outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. The ritual was a deeply personal experience for many of the 12 … [Read more...]

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Riverside parish asks psychiatrists to help parishioners battling depression and anxiety

At Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, pastor invites mental health professionals to counsel those suffering from psychological problems associated with recent immigration crackdown

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Riverside will invite psychiatrists onto its campus to get help for a congregation that is predominantly Latino and struggling with depression and anxiety over immigration crackdowns. The Rev. Miguel R. Ceja, the church’s pastor, said he is working on a pilot program partnering with Loma Linda University’s School of … [Read more...]

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Orange diocese sends immigration precautions to all parishes

You don’t open the door - you ask to see a warrant under the door and you have a right to remain silent

Bishop Kevin Vann has sent a letter to all Diocese of Orange parishes directing them to be prepared in the event of an encounter with immigration enforcement officials at or near a church, school, hospital or clinic. The letter went out after reports of a van believed to belong to Immigration and Customs Enforcement was photographed on the Christ Cathedral campus Feb. 17. It … [Read more...]

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March for life, peace and migrants in Tijuana draws 30,000

Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón spoke out against walls while he carried cross of migrants

Some 30,000 people gathered last Sunday for the 17th March for Life, Peace and Migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. Led by the Archbishop of Tijuana, Francisco Moreno Barrón, participants marched from the former bullfighting stadium, Toreo de Tijuana, to the Tijuana Auditorium, where they arrived at 11:30 am. Before the march on March 19, the Archbishop of Tijuana prayed for the … [Read more...]

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California bishops announce support for two immigration measures

One would require California schools, hospitals and courtrooms to adopt policies that would limit immigration enforcement on their premises, another would create a state-funded program to provide legal representation for those facing deportation

In response to the national traction on immigration issues, this Session has seen the introduction of several California immigration bills. The California Catholic Conference (CCC) has decided to support two in particular, and is examining several others that have the potential to impact immigration in the State in significant ways. The CCC is supporting Senate Bill 54 (SB … [Read more...]

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