Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 255

Beyond the Political Debate and News Reports, the “Caravan” are People in Need. Bishop Jorge Rodriguez, auxiliary bishop of Denver, summed up the Catholic and human approach, saying, “It pains me to see how a human tragedy of this size is used for political [means] by parties – for heartless rhetoric, for sensationalism by social mass media and even for exploitation and human trafficking, instead of working together to reach a solution.”

Catholic Leaders Speak on Behalf of Asylum Seekers. United States federal law says that migrants may seek asylum from within the U.S. or upon arrival at its borders, “whether or not at a designated port of arrival” and irrespective of their legal status. However, an interim final rule from the departments of Homeland Security and Justice and a presidential proclamation, both issued Nov. 9, bar migrants who cross the border between ports of entry from applying for asylum. Leaders of Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (or CLINIC), Catholic Relief Services and the bishops’ conference Committee on Migration urged the administration to seek other solutions, saying the rule will “restrict and slow access to protection for hundreds of children and families fleeing violence in Central America.” See further background from CLINIC.

ICYMI – What Can One Person Do To Stop Human Trafficking? Human trafficking is all around us – what can we do? For recognizable signs and “take action” suggestions, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website.

Her Feast Day Passed, But Her Words Remain. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini said, “In the adorable heart of Jesus, I can always find you.” Please reflect on these words as you pray for immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean.