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Like most of us these days, we are all faced with how to respond in a pastoral way to the humanitarian challenges in front of us with unaccompanied minors coming into our country. I recently visited with a number of these young people with some of our staff members of the Diocesan Pastoral Center here in Orange.

Jul 22, 2014
by Bishop Kevin Vann

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) allows undocumented minors who have suffered abandonment, neglect, or abuse by a parent to become lawful permanent residents.  To qualify, the child must have an order from a juvenile court demonstrating that he or she is dependent on the state and cannot be safely reunited with parents.  Federal law...

Jul 17, 2014
by By Kelly Kidwell Hughes, Advocacy Intern

I was born in Managua, Nicaragua, the second of 5 children. I was about 15 months old when I had my first contact with the United States of America. This happened through my father returning home after spending a year at the University of Florida, Gainsville in a graduate course of Sanitary Engineering.

Jul 11, 2014

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There has been a dramatic increase in unaccompanied children and families with young children fleeing to the United States since the beginning of 2014.

Aug 7, 2014

This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected. - Pope Francis

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Jul 29, 2014

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