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Migrant influx overwhelming Border Patrol facilities, Catholic ministries

Number of Central American families seeking asylum has increased up to 400% at some checkpoints

Officials at U.S. Border Patrol stations are struggling to process a record number of asylum-seeking Central American families. Now, instead of transferring the families to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the border agents are releasing people at shelters and Greyhound bus stations in the Coachella Valley and Inland Empire. An infusion of more than $500,000 in state … [Read more...]

Refugee resettlement program ends in Oakland diocese

Catholic Charities of the East Bay says closure is result of change in U.S. government policy severely limiting number of refugees permitted to enter the country

With the U.S. government continuing to severely limit the number of refugees who enter the country under its auspices, Catholic Charities of the East Bay has ended its resettlement program. While the agency was scheduled to receive 100 refugees in fiscal year 2019, which began Oct. 1, 2018, the agency received just eight. The last arrived Feb. 7. The 90-day service contract … [Read more...]

Bishop Kevin Vann: Most who come to border pose no threat

"They bring resilience and resources which they can and will share with us," says bishop of Orange diocese

It is being said that our country is full and can no longer accept migrants fleeing from their countries.  My faith and U.S. law says that is wrong. In addition to my duties as bishop of the Diocese of Orange, I am also chairman of the board directors of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., known as CLINIC. Our mission embraces the Gospel value of welcoming the … [Read more...]

Pope donates $500,000 to help migrants stranded in Mexico

Archdiocese of Tijuana among 16 Mexican dioceses and religious congregations that will receive money to provide food, lodging, and basic necessities to migrants

Pope Francis has donated half a million dollars to assist migrants in Mexico, the Vatican announced today. The Catholic Church said in a statement that the funds will be distributed to 27 projects in 16 dioceses and among religious congregations that have asked for help to continue providing housing, food and basic necessities to migrants, who are mainly from Central … [Read more...]

“A Bridge Among Walls” coming to Bay Area

Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and longtime advocate for immigrants and refugees, will visit San Francisco archdiocese April 28-30

Sister Norma Pimentel, MJ, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and longtime advocate for immigrants and refugees, will visit the Archdiocese of San Francisco April 28-30, with talks at Our Lady of Angels Parish in Burlingame and the University of San Francisco and Mass at Our Lady of the Pillar Church in Half Moon Bay, Bay Area Border Relief … [Read more...]

Farmworker shelter loses its biggest donor

After Our Lady of Guadalupe Shelter started taking in asylum seekers, Mary Ingebrand-Pohlad decided not to renew her contribution

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Shelter doesn’t seem like much, but for the migrant farmworkers who descend on this impoverished desert town, it’s a welcome retreat from the fields and dirt parking lots they once called home. The shelter was started a little over a year ago in Mecca, California, thanks in large part to hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from Mary … [Read more...]

Casa Migrante in Tijuana offers refuge

90 percent of these people have been deported from U.S.

The following comes from a Jan. 23 story on the website of the California Catholic Conference. At the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, people see a big house at the top of a hill adjacent to a skyline-dominating steeple. The big house is Casa Migrante. For more than 30 years, after people have grappled with the border’s harsh reality, Casa Migrante is a place where they … [Read more...]

Guatemalans make it to Coachella Valley

860 "lucky ones" taken in by Catholic Charities

The following comes from a Dec. 20 story in the Inland Catholic Byte, a publication of the San Bernardino diocese. Beginning in late October, the Diocese began receiving mostly Guatemalan migrants at locations in the lower Coachella Valley, transported by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel. It is a collaborative effort with Catholic Charities San … [Read more...]

Tijuana archbishop concelebrates Mass, gives homily in Oakland diocese

Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón visited four parishes to offer catechesis in advance of Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe

Work, humanity and bridges of collaboration are needed to make progress in dealing with migration, advises the archbishop of Tijuana, Mexico. The archbishop, Most Rev. Francisco Moreno Barrón, visited the Oakland diocese at the invitation of Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ. Archbishop Moreno concelebrated the Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe and gave the homily on Dec. … [Read more...]

Tijuana archbishop urges solidarity with Central American migrants

Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón says thousands of Central Americans who have reached Tijuana hoping to cross the border into the United States “took us by surprise”

Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón of Tijuana encouraged the faithful in his homily on November 25 to share “from our poverty” with the Central American migrants arriving in the city. Thousands of Central American migrants have reached Tijuana in their attempt to cross the border to the United States. The first migrant caravan, which left Honduras Oct. 13, numbers more than … [Read more...]