Administration Changes Related To Immigration. President Trump has begun issuing a series of executive orders related to immigration and refugees, including the ordering the beginning of work on construction of a wall the length of the Mexican border and significant expansion of detention and deportation. In a press release, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) succinctly points out the social and moral problems with some of these actions http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=d1e29c8d7ab34d84237ecd8ee&id=1e5feb444a.
Bishops Across the Country Continue to Speak. The leadership of the Catholic bishops spoke out vehemently against the plans for a wall on the southern border and increase detention http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-023.cfm. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston Houston, spoke as a bishop of a Texas diocese http://www.archgh.org/blog/main.asp?Tid=1895&id=461&cat=Archdiocesan. Also, listen to a noted Jesuit author, Father James Martin https://www.facebook.com/FrJamesMartin/videos/10154132008256496/.
Sanctuary Cities. Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas and chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration has spoken on behalf of the Catholic bishops of the United States in response to the executive order which would deny federal funding for jurisdictions that choose not to cooperate with federal efforts to deport undocumented immigrants http://justiceforimmigrants.org/statements/usccb-committee-migration-chair-responds-trump-administration-sanctuary-city-executive-order/.
Migration Mondays. Check out Migration Mondays, a new series of postings from the Justice for Immigrants campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Every week there will be a new informative and inspirational posting http://justiceforimmigrants.org/migrationmonday/migrationmonday-5/.