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

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath tells large crowd at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph that he is "profoundly disturbed and disheartened" by U.S. immigration policy

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 began with, “pray for those who can’t come to public service such as this” to an almost-packed church. The prayer … [Read more...]

“Family separation did not begin with this administration”

Archbishop José Gomez reflects on recent trip to international border at McAllen, Texas

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 Grande Valley, about five miles north of the Mexican border. It is now the center of the humanitarian crisis caused by our government’s policy of separating … [Read more...]

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...]

Embrace the immigrants, says San Diego bishop

Memorial for the deported unveiled In San Ysidro

The following comes from a September 21 KPBS News story by Jean Guerrero: A memorial wall commemorating families separated by deportations now stands outside of a San Ysidro church overlooking the U.S.-Mexico border. A granite plaque on the cement brick wall quotes Pope Francis: “Church without borders, mother of all.” Bishop Robert McElroy unveiled the wall Sunday at … [Read more...]