Immigration

Let the Children Come

USCCB Migration Report on Immigrant Detention

The U.S. immigrant detention system, which treats vulnerable immigrant detainees as criminals, needs extensive reforms, said representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Center for Migration Studies on May 11, 2015 as the USCCB released a report and policy recommendations. The report urged Congress and the administration to build a system that affords due process protections, honors human dignity and minimizes the use of detentions. Recommendations for changing the current detention system, can be found at http://www.usccb.org/about/migration-and-refugee-services/upload/unlocking-human-dignity.pdf

Statement from Catholic Bishops of Maryland

Bishops Call for Compassion in Addressing Needs of Vulnerable Immigrant Children

The familiar words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, "Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me," speak compellingly to us today as we witness the plight of the more than 50,000 unaccompanied children fleeing to our country to escape the violence and desperate poverty of their homelands. Here in Maryland the Catholic Church stands ready to answer Jesus' call to embrace the needs of these children and their families as we offer our welcome and assistance.

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