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US Conference of Catholic Bishops: Ryan Immigration Proposal Runs “Contrary to Our Catholic Social Teaching”

Today, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a public letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan criticizing the immigration bill that Ryan negotiated with the House Freedom Caucus and so-called Republican moderates. As the letter notes, “As written, this bill contains several provisions that run contrary to our Catholic social teaching.” The … Continue reading »

More than 600 Interfaith Leaders and Organizations Fight Together for Honduran TPS Holders

In a letter delivered to the administration on April 27, 2018, 122 faith-based organizations and 518 faith leaders from across traditions stand united in calling on the Department of Homeland Security to protect nearly 60,000 Honduran Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and their families, including 53,000 U.S. citizen children. The administration must decide by May 6, 2018 whether to … Continue reading »

ICYMI: National Catholic Reporter: “Trump administration orders end to Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians”

A piece in National Catholic Reporter highlights the heartbreaking callousness of the Trump Administration’s March 27th announcement to end Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), a program providing work permits and protection from deportation to thousands of Liberian immigrants who have fled armed conflict and economic uncertainty in Liberia and, in many cases, have lived in the United States for decades. … Continue reading »

The Sanctuary Movement During the Trump Era, and What it Could Mean for Dreamers

With ICE deportations increasing 41 percent in 2017, sanctuary churches and synagogues have stepped up to help protect undocumented immigrants from deportation. Since Trump took office, at least 42 immigrants nationwide have taken shelter inside sanctuaries. The national sanctuary movement — completely different and distinct from “sanctuary cities” — is comprised of over 800 faith communities and … Continue reading »

A Former Mormon Missionary’s Fear of Losing DACA

“Heavenly Father will provide a way for you to be who He wanted you to be.” That’s the advice from her mother that Maleny Calderón, 20, a former Mormon missionary and Dreamer, holds deep in her heart when contemplating the possibility of losing her DACA status. Maleny recently returned to Oakland, California after serving a … Continue reading »

Religious Leaders Denounce Trump Administration Decision to Terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians

A recording of today’s call is available here. Religious leaders, advocates and immigrants gathered on a press call today in response to the news that Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Haitians living in the United States has been terminated by the Trump Administration. Lys Isma, Haitian TPS recipient who came to the United States at … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “We can support – or shatter – young immigrants’ dreams”

Charlotte, NC – In an op-ed for the Charlotte Observer, Rabbi Judy Schindler, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and Director of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte, presents the debate over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as a choice for legislators and President Trump: support – … Continue reading »

Interfaith Clergy Pray for Undocumented Youth in Front of White House, Call Trump Administration to Show Compassion

Over 1,600 Interfaith Leaders Call on Trump Administration to Preserve DACA Faith leaders and advocates gathered in front of the White House to urge the Trump administration to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program, which protects undocumented youth from deportation, is under attack by ten state attorneys general, who have … Continue reading »

National Latino Evangelical Coalition Laments Detention Pastor Noe Carias

Los Angeles, California — The National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) supports the Assemblies of God Hispanic Superintendents call to reconsider the detention and deportation of Pastor Noe Carias, an Assemblies of God pastor in California. Yesterday, Pastor Carias was detained and his stay of removal, which has been in effect for several years, has now … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Bishop of Toledo Condemns Lara Deportation, While Rep. Bob Gibbs Callously Applauds 

Cleveland, OH – The Sandusky Register reports today that Bishop Daniel Thomas of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo criticized the deportation of Jesus Lara Lopez, a Willard father, taxpayer, and homeowner who was forced to leave his family yesterday.  As the Register and many other news outlets have made clear, Jesus was deported despite having lived in the United States for nearly two … Continue reading »

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