- Jul 7, 2020
Cardinal Alvaro Ramazzini of Guatemala visited a community in Mississippi affected by the largest ICE raid in US history.
Bishop Thomas R. Zinkula of Davenport, Iowa, was among 18 people who packed the reception area of a federal facility in Cedar Rapids, keeping vigil as Alejandro Guzman checked in with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is reversing course months after threatening six-figure fines against immigrants taking sanctuary at churches.
Amid changing immigration laws and deportation threats, advocates and lawyers have seen a decrease in immigrants who are victims of domestic violence seeking help and reporting abuse to law enforcement.
Immigrant parents’ legal vulnerability, detention and deportation can have emotional, developmental and physical repercussions for children, say mental health workers.
Many Catholic and other faith leaders noted that the Gospel reading for July 14 — the day U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was to carry out deportation orders for some immigrants — was the parable of the good Samaritan from the Gospel of St. Luke.