Prep school students travel through time to Ellis Island

Course’s themes help foster discussion on migration in light of current events By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Dressed in authentic period costumes of the early 1900s, seventh- and eighth-grade students at St. John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville traveled through time to be part of the Ellis Island immigration process during an interactive day of learning…

Polish bishop says synod members trust Holy Spirit, guidance of pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Members of the Synod of Bishops trust the Holy Spirit and Pope Francis’ guidance in confronting issues facing today’s families, said Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan. “An atmosphere of fear does not exist because we believe in the Holy Spirit. We also believe in the guidance of the Holy Father, who…

Migration, freedom, ecology to be topics on pope trip, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Arriving in the United States from Cuba, Pope Francis “will enter as a migrant” as millions of people have done before him, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state. The cardinal, who will accompany the pope on his Sept. 19-27 visits to Cuba, the United States and the United Nations,…

Appeals court ruling keeps injunction in place on immigration programs

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals May 26 refused to stay a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge in Texas to block the Obama administration’s expansion of a deferred deportation program. President Barack Obama took executive action last November to implement the Deferred Action for…

Scathing report calls for dismantling immigrant detention system

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A scathing new report on the conditions under which immigrants are detained concludes with the U.S. bishops’ recommendation that the current system be dismantled and replaced with less drastic approaches for keeping track of people whose immigration cases are pending. Drawing on international law, analyses of who is detained, how the mostly…

Speakers weigh immigration trends amid changing U.S.-Cuba relations

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CNS) — Cuban parents who sent their unaccompanied children from Cuba to the United States in the early 1960s for fear of communist indoctrination under Fidel Castro made the right decision. That was the conclusion of St. Augustine Bishop Felipe J. Estevez, who was one of four Cuban experts on a panel convened…

Challenges exist in face of executive action on immigration

While the political contours of the debate are important, we need to also see with the eyes of Jesus the dignity of the families and individuals affected by our political choices Recently, I have been fielding a lot of questions about President Obama’s executive action that “defers action” for potentially millions of undocumented persons living…

Obama, Archbishop Cupich meet in Chicago, talk immigration

CHICAGO (CNS) — Less than a week after he was installed in his new position, Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich had a brief private meeting with President Barack Obama when the president visited the city to promote his executive actions on immigration. In an interview aired on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Nov. 30, the archbishop…

Immigration changes will take months, at least, to take effect

WASHINGTON (CNS) — It will be several months, at least, before anyone can apply to take advantage of immigration policy changes announced by President Barack Obama Nov. 20. Some aspects will go through the federal rule-making process, which requires a formal advertising and comment period that could take a year or more. Others are simply…