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"Somos Un Pueblo Unido"

"If you listen very closely, you can hear the detained families chanting and yelling along with us.  This was a very moving experience.  Many participants were moved to tears when they heardthe women and children’s voices from the other side of the fence.”  

Faith in Action and Family Detention in Artesia Part 2

My first post discussed one of many examples of the life-giving work that the Church is doing to support immigrant families who are not detained and contrasted the Catholic shelter to the detention center in Artesia, New Mexico.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and the "Pursuit of Hope"

Tragic images of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are flooding the airwaves, begging a humanitarian response, as well as hard questions.  Why are these children coming here?  Why now and why in such large numbers?  According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, approximately 57,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed into the United States since the 2014 fiscal year began in October—twice the number apprehended in 2013 and three times the 2011 total.

A Pastoral Response to a Humanitarian Crisis

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.

A Voice For Children: Bishop Seitz’s Testimony Before the House of Representatives

On June 25, 2014, Bishop Mark Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the plight of unaccompanied minors seeking safety from violence and drug trafficking in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.  Bishop Seitz told a largely unsympathetic House Committee of his personal experience listening to the st
Five year old migrant child from El Salvador entered the US by himself.  He drew this plane saying it reminded him of God because if he had God in his heart, God would be the plane to take him to his mother.

The Plight of Migrant Children

By Luis  Enrique Jacquez, El Paso, Texas

Journeys of Faith amidst Unimaginable Heartbreak

Jeanne M. Atkinson is the Executive Director of CLINIC. From November 16-23, she participated in a delegation led by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to southern Mexico and Central America to explore the issue of unaccompanied migrant children.