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  • Oct 9, 2014: The Human Cost of Family Detention in Artesia and Berks
    Oct 9, 2014: I recently participated in trips to two of the family detention centers currently managed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): the Artesia Temporary Facility for Adults with Children in New Mexico and the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania.
  • Oct 7, 2014: Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation
    Oct 7, 2014: October is upon us and Catholic churches across the nation are observing Respect Life Month. Here in the Diocese of Orange, I have been blessed to encounter so many individuals, groups and parishes committed to upholding the life and dignity of the human person.
  • Oct 2, 2014: An Immigrant Gateway Continues to Welcome and Inspire: Catholic Charities of Syracuse, New York
    Oct 2, 2014: Syracuse, New York has a long history as an immigrant gateway city, and was home to many immigrants from Italy, Germany, Ireland, Ukraine, and Russia who arrived in the U.S.
  • Sep 25, 2014: Hope for Detainees in Artesia
    Sep 25, 2014: I was afforded the opportunity to visit Artesia, New Mexico to assist the on-the-ground immigration attorneys providing free legal services to the over 500 detained women and children. The families have fled their home countries in Central America due abject poverty and increased violence.
  • Sep 18, 2014: A Visit to Artesia
    Sep 18, 2014: Since the Artesia, New Mexico detention facility for families who cross our border without documents opened three months ago I have hoped for an opportunity to see it and to visit those who are detained there.  My opportunity came this past Saturday, September 13th when I decided to attend the funeral of the father of a priest serving in my Diocese of El Paso.  Accompanied by a transitional Deacon for the Diocese I began the 200+ mile journey at 6:00 a.m..  We drove west out of El Paso and within two hours of travel through sparsely populated desert landscape we...
  • Sep 17, 2014: Celebrating Citizenship
    Sep 17, 2014: Each year on September 17, we come together as a nation of immigrants to celebrate Citizenship Day. This is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of being a U.S. citizen and recognize the many lawful permanent residents (LPRs) in our communities who are on their journey to becoming U.S. citizens.
  • Sep 15, 2014: Sharing the Gift of Citizenship
    Sep 15, 2014: On September 17th we celebrate Constitution and Citizenship Day across the nation. This observance recognizes not only the signing of the Constitution but also the status of citizenship. In the world of immigration, status can be the difference between wealth and poverty, health and sickness, and admission and deportation.
  • Sep 12, 2014: CLINIC Affiliate Staff Highlight: Julissa Pineda, “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow”
    Sep 12, 2014: Julissa Pineda is the Senior Case Manager and a BIA Accredited Representative at Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton.  Recommended for her work ethic and recognized as a trusted resource to the community, Julissa is truly an outstanding member of the Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton, Immigration Legal Services team.  Her dedication has strengthened the immigration program’s regional influence and impacted the lives of countless vulnerable newcomers.  CLINIC is proud to highlight Julissa Pineda as a member of our network committed to living the mission o

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