- Sep 20, 2020
The Secretary General of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Monsignor Nunzio Galantino, received backlash from the country’s far right and left political parties over a new law that would grant immigrant minors and children born in Italy a chance at legal citizenship.
Dozens of Chaldean Christians, who had criminal records, were arrested by federal immigration officials over the weekend in the Detroit metropolitan area after Iraq agreed to take them back in the country. The church community in Detroit said that those people had already served their sentences and are now “great citizens.”
One month after Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the head of the Newark archdiocese, led a rally objecting to the removal of Catalino Guerrero, an illegal immigrant and grandfather of four. The custom officials at Newark, New Jersey, approved a one-year stay of removal.
A parish in Norristown, Philadelphia is saving lives by providing affordable health care to immigrants in the country without legal permission. With the help of local clinicians and volunteers the parish is trying to overcome language and culture barriers.
Leaders of faith communities involved in the “sanctuary movement” providing shelter and support for undocumented immigrants could face legal sanction for their actions. However, they say moral and faith issues sometimes trump legal and political issues.
Responding to the fears, Spanish-language television network Telemundo hosted a prime-time show Feb. 12: “Immigration, Trump and Hispanics.” The show featured activists, lawyers, children of deported parents and relatives, along with advice about what to do if government officials come knocking.