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.
GSR Today - There is a lot to dislike about the United States' immigration policies and how they're enforced. Now comes word that some people are being imprisoned almost indefinitely despite a policy that they must either be deported or set free.
Lending their voices, support and prayers, dozens of sisters from various congregations gathered with hundreds of immigrants and advocates in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building April 18 as justices heard oral arguments regarding Obama Administration immigration policies.
As the world is grappling with historic numbers of refugees and asylum seekers from wars and natural disasters, with more than 50 million on the move or in camps, the most prominent global body is responding with renewed rigor.
People who have fled from wars in Iraq and Syria are among the 1 million refugees who live in camps or other provisional-seeming housing in Jordan. On the surface, life has its daily rhythms that are free from the catastrophes of war; however, they have moved from one difficult situation to another.
"They can call it whatever they want, but it's a jail. There's no reason to be locked up. What bothers me most is that this is being done under the private prisons, so they are making money on the backs of these poor moms and kids, which is just wrong."
- Related: Read our roundtable discussion with sisters working in immigration ministry
After fleeing their home countries because of war, people from Iraq and Syria find refuge but no legal status as they shelter in Lebanese refugee camps and substandard housing situations. Only about a third find regular apartments; work is scarce, and a network of service providers see pressure points growing increasingly strained.
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