- Jan 25, 2020
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.
A 17-year-old from Central America is under federal custody in a shelter in Brownsville and seeking an abortion. She entered the United States in September and is in her 15th week of pregnancy. Texas bans most abortions after 20 weeks. “No one — the government, private individuals or organizations — should be forced to be complicit in abortion,” the bishops of Texas said in a statement.
A proposed law would allot $94 million over four years to the Department of Health and Human Services to provide trafficking victims who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents with short- and long-term housing options, substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, educational opportunities, job training and skills development, legal advocacy, and financial advocacy and counseling.
Recent negotiations between the U.S. and Iraq have led to the deportation of more than 100 Chaldean Christians who were residing in the country, leading the Catholic bishops to write a letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security urging him to halt the arrests.
“DAPA gave many hope when it was announced, and today families are living in very real fear of family separation,” Ashley Feasley, director of policy for the USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services, said. “The bishops will work with Congress to find a solution for the 4 million hardworking parents of U.S. citizens and (legal permanent residents) but continue to urge this administration to use its discretion to stop tearing apart families.”
Catholic leaders on the front lines of working with immigrants and refugees are expressing alarm over recent memoranda from the Department of Homeland Security that appear to set the stage for widespread deportations, calling the policy neither humane nor just.