Pope Francis will personally bless a group of undocumented immigrants and refugees when he visits the United States later this month, reports ABC News: The Sept. 25 encounter with about 150 mostly Spanish-speaking New Yorkers “is about the values and the message that he has articulated as pope,” the head of New York’s Catholic Charities,… Continue »

Today, 136 House Democrats sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson asking the administration to end its family detention policy. The letter, which includes a majority of House Democrats, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, was spearheaded by Reps. Zoe Lofgren, Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Luis Gutiérrez. “We cannot hear reports… Continue »

This morning, nearly a dozen members of Congress, including Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, and Rep. Lucille Royball-Allard, held a press conference calling for the Department of Homeland Security to end its controversial family detention program. The House Democrats were joined by Dree Collopy, a pro bono attorney who has met with detained families,… Continue »

Elise Foley from Huffington Post reports on the case of an Honduran teenager, who fled gang violence, settled in with a new family – and is now being forced back to Honduras by the Department of Homeland Security: In 2011, a then-14-year-old orphan fled Honduras for the U.S., fearful that gang members would come after… Continue »

Washington, DC – Addressing the surge of children fleeing violence in Central America and arriving at the borders of the U.S. and other countries is a humanitarian crisis, not a political football.  As Leslie Velez of the U.N. High Commission for Refugees recently told National Journal, “It’s a humanitarian crisis in the region.  The numbers are alarming,… Continue »

Remember that crazy anti-immigrant law out of Alabama – HB 56? The one that was so bad that we referred to it as the monster of all immigration laws, which also resulted in a mass-exodus of Alabama’s Hispanic population? Here’s a reminder from an article in Bloomberg today: The Alabama law’s intent was to attack… Continue »