Immigrants and refugees, church leaders on immigration issues, government policies on immigration issues

Judge throws out lawsuit against bishops over immigrant shelters

A federal judge has dismissed the ACLU’s attempt to block the government from delegating the care of immigrant unaccompanied minors and sex-trafficking victims to a Catholic group that opposes birth control and abortion, and transfers those wishing to have an abortion to other shelters. The

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2018-10-16T05:44:15-08:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Statue of Mary envisioned for San Ysidro near U.S.-Mexico border

Inspired by the Statue of Liberty, a 40-foot-tall monument of Mary, mother of Jesus, will stand as a symbol intended to welcome immigrants and refugees headed to the U.S. The statue will go up on the hilltop parking lot of

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2018-12-11T15:30:37-08:00October 7th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Immigration|Tags: , , , |24 Comments

Six bishops, 16 priests hear confessions, say Mass at ICE detention center

A group of Catholic leaders in California were allowed inside the Adelanto Immigration and Customs Enforcement Processing Center July 25. The delegation, organized by the California Catholic Conference, consisted of six bishops, 16 priests and several nuns and volunteers. During their

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2018-08-02T08:59:11-08:00August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , |9 Comments

In the fight for immigrants, Cardinal Roger Mahony works out of the spotlight

Standing beneath the wooden panels of a church in the San Gabriel Valley, Cardinal Roger Mahony delivered a message that has over decades become a refrain. “Immigrants are our brothers and sisters,” he said, celebrating Mass in Spanish on a recent Sunday.

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2018-07-22T13:16:48-08:00July 22nd, 2018|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , |24 Comments

“Unconscionable tactics to drive asylum seekers deep into the desert”

The Catholic diocese of San Jose held a prayer service for immigration reform and reunification of migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday night at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. Bishop Patrick McGrath presided over the service and

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An evening of prayer and solidarity for migrant families and immigration reform

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In light of the recent developments on the US ~ Mexico border with families being separated, I am calling all Catholics from our Diocese to join me in an evening of prayer and solidarity for migrant

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2018-07-10T20:41:04-08:00July 10th, 2018|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , |19 Comments

“Family separation did not begin with this administration”

I am writing from McAllen, Texas, where I have joined some of my brother bishops to pray and try to bring hope to the hundreds of undocumented children being detained here and in nearby Brownsville. McAllen is in the Rio

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2018-07-06T11:29:58-08:00July 6th, 2018|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , , |12 Comments

Los Angeles archbishop to lead pilgrimage to Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

For the second year and under the spiritual leadership of Archbishop José H. Gomez, 140 faithful of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will begin a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, in Mexico

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San Diego bishops join protest at Otay Mesa Detention Center

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

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2018-12-12T10:16:55-08:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , , |50 Comments