In the first half of 2018, the U.S. government separated more than 2,000 families attempting to enter the country through its Southern border. To reconcile this action, separated families are now being reunited. Faith-based organizations who are assisting the government in the reunification process have released a report assessing the work that has been done and providing recommendations for the future.
The International Catholic Migration Commission mourns the loss of life and expresses solidarity with the families of victims of the recent attack at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, as well as with the Jewish refugee resettlement agency HIAS, which was threatened by the attacker.
An agency of the Mexican Episcopal Conference called on government agencies to protect people marching in the “migrants caravan” currently headed to the U.S. border.
Jane Bloom has headed ICMC’s U.S. office for the past 12 years. Recently retired, in the following interview she evokes the delight she experienced in her work, how the people she helped inspired her and her advice to Catholic organizations working with migrants and refugees.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is advocating for an increase in the number of refugees to be resettled in the country during the fiscal year 201
Families must be able to stay together and border protection should not hinder this principle, Catholic bishops have stated about the recent U.S. Government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on immigration.
Mexican and U.S. Catholic bishops of dioceses alongside the frontier between the two countries expressed concern for and disapproval of the recent U.S. administration decision to deploy the National Guard there.
The USCCB Committee on Migration as well as Catholic organizations and leaders expressed deep concern about the historically low number of refugee resettlements reported over the last six months.
Members of the U.S.-based NGO alliance InterAction have vowed to strengthen efforts to eliminate sexual abuse within their organizations and areas of operation.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) celebrated its 100th birthday this month at a Mass held during its general assembly in Maryland. In his homily, Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, praised USCCB’s longtime migration and refugee work, saying that “the urgent need to welcome and integrate new waves of immigrants continues unabated” today as was the case when it began in 1917.