- Jan 18, 2020
The focus of a National Migration Week discussion Jan. 11 at the Church of St. Francis Assisi in New York, was on seeing immigrants and refugees as fully human despite the harsh rhetoric in political speech.
In a strongly worded message prior to National Migration Week Jan.7-13, the president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas expressed solidarity with migrants and called on others to stop “blaming migrants and fanning anti-immigrant sentiment that divides our nation.”
“In a virtuous society — that is, one whose political, social and economic institutions allow all of its members to flourish — the answer to both questions is the same. Will we be such a virtuous society?
The decision is now before us. The character of our country will be defined by our answer,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco wrote in an op-ed.
The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops, said federal agents seemed to disregard their own policy in the matter when they detained an undocumented 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy on her way to the hospital for surgery. Bishop James A. Tamayo of Laredo said the action was “inhumane.”
In an effort to deport more people than President Obama did, the Trump administration is focusing on immigrants who follow the rules and show up to their meeting with ICE to tell them their whereabouts. Criminals and people who pose a danger to society are too difficult to find so they are a lower priority.
Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso is working to stop the deportation of a woman who is the only caretaker for her bed-ridden 8-year-old daughter, who has bone cancer. Seitz made headlines in July because of a pastoral letter in which he denounced the “demonization of immigrants” and pleaded with others for compassion and solidarity.