“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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Archbishop Gomez: “In God’s eyes, there are no foreigners”

Los Angeles archbishop used his homily at the 65th annual Red Mass to remind country’s legal professionals -- including five Supreme Court justices -- of U.S. tradition of welcoming immigrants

Archbishop José H. Gomez used his homily at the 65thannual Red Mass to remind the country’s legal professionals of America’s strong tradition of welcoming immigrants and promoting religious freedom for all. “In God’s eyes, there are no foreigners, there are no strangers,” said Gomez. “All of us are family. When God looks at us, he sees beyond the color of our skin, or the … [Read more...]

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Anti-immigrant group endorses Planned Parenthood

Environmentalist group Negative Population Growth says taxpayer funding of abortion needed to curb future refugees and immigrants

An anti-immigrant environmentalist group is tossing its support behind Planned Parenthood, arguing that its taxpayer funding and overseas abortion aid are needed to curb future refugees and immigrants. Environmentalist group Negative Population Growth published a report on Tuesday condemning Republican efforts to defund the nation's largest abortion organizer, as well as … [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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Cardinal Roger Mahony blasts Trump over Arpaio pardon

Writing on his blog, retired archbishop of LA says he's "deeply troubled and disgusted" by the president's pardon of the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona

Statement by Cardinal Roger Mahony on the presidential pardon of former Sheriff Arpaio: I am deeply troubled and disgusted by President Trump's pardon of Joe Arapaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. The former sheriff's tenure was marked by racial profiling, harassment of our Latino brothers and sisters, and the disruption of immigrant communities. He created … [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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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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