Advocates for immigration reform are dismayed but not surprised that a deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court June 23 let stand a lower court ruling blocking a plan to spare some immigrants from deportation.
GSR Today - "Forced to depend for their survival on the people on whose doors they knock, refugees are in a way thrown outside the realm of 'humanity,' as far as it is meant to confer the rights they aren't afforded. And there are millions upon millions of such people inhabiting our shared planet."
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace have long had a concern for immigrants and refugees. In 1881 our founder Margaret Anna Cusack (Mother Clare) wrote to the Irish bishops: "Whatever opinion many of us may have as to the cause of emigration, of the fact there is no question."
Presentation Sr. Corine Murray is the executive director of the Presentation Lantern Center in Dubuque, Iowa, which offers one-on-one tutoring in English to adult students from around the world. Murray, who has served as the center's director for 14 years, recalls learning about slavery and other "affronts to human dignity" as a child and credits her passion for history and Catholic social teaching in helping to form her conscience.
GSR Today - The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule sometime this month — no one knows when — on the legality of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Residents, the program that President Barack Obama instituted by executive order in 2014.
Sister of Divine Providence Margaret Mertens is the site coordinator at La Posada Providencia, a migrant shelter in San Benito. The 8,000 migrants who have passed through have come from 75 different countries.
GSR Today - Most of us know migrants as numbers or through stories we read; recently, I had the opportunity to go on a Border Witness Program retreat and, with four Mercy associates, see several ministries in the Rio Grande Valley firsthand.
Two years ago, when a surge of migrants occurred, the Obama administration declared a policy of detention as deterrence. Non-criminal moms, dads and kids fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries are treated like criminals and locked up in jails.
Immigration detention centers under increased scrutiny while rumors of increased deportation raids mount
Growing evidence that both the federal government and private prison companies have failed to provide adequate childcare to its detainees could lead to an increase in deportations, according to CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project partners.
GSR Today - After a week of experiencing the frenetic pace of Beirut, a day spent in the Beqaa Valley offers the opportunity for a bit of respite: mountainous landscapes, green valleys, crisp air free of the humidity common to the capital city's coastal climate.
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