- Jan 19, 2021
Asylum seekers fleeing domestic or gang violence need not apply for protection in the United States, said the country’s top law enforcement official at a June 11 news conference explaining why he reversed an immigration court’s decision that granted asylum to a Salvadoran woman who said she had been abused by her husband.
Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero tolerance” policy for immigrants crossing illegally into the United States, resulting in children being separated from their families, the number of minors in U.S. custody has grown by nearly 2,000.
Catholic leaders were angered and disappointed by the Trump administration’s May 4 decision to end Temporary Protected Status, popularly known as TPS, to more than 57,000 Hondurans living in the United States.
The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee and the heads of four Catholic agencies have urged the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to extend Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador by 18 months.
“Especially in times of increased dehumanizing immigrant rhetoric and hostile legislation from government officials toward the immigrant community, CLINIC’s mission to protect the rights and promote the dignity of immigrants guides the agency in its offerings of legal training, advocacy and public education efforts to its network of Catholic and community based immigration legal service providers,” Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Orange, California, chairman of the CLINIC board of directors, said.
About 1,000 Sudanese nationals in the United States, who are now protected from deportation, could be sent back to their homeland by the Trump administration. The country experienced armed conflict from the 1980s until 2005. Many fled to various parts of the world, including the United States. An official of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, known as CLINIC, called it “a cruel and inhumane decision.”