Millions could benefit from Obama’s new immigration policies

By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service The meeting room in the middle of Maryland’s most immigrant-dense ZIP code Nov. 20 was full of people who epitomize the problems President Barack Obama is trying to address with executive action. Families with roots in Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala — some with U.S. citizen children, some with…

Immigrants, activists urge Obama to act on immigration reform

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Hundreds of protesters took part in a rally and march in Washington Aug. 28 chanting: “Not one more! Not one more!” to urge President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of immigrant families, workers and children. The participants, including many young children, also got their message across holding aloft placards saying: “Don’t…

Congress recesses without funds for migrant surge; actions ramp up

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Members of Congress left Washington for their summer recess without approving funding to help manage the surge of unaccompanied minors and families that has been taxing the resources of federal agencies. Meanwhile, both the activists who favor smoothing the path for the immigrants and those who want to deport them more quickly…

Major crisis: Unaccompanied minors crossing the border

By David Agren Catholic News Service Giovani Melendez, 31, fled the capital city of San Salvador in El Salvador with his family, setting out suddenly on a search for safety in the United States after gangs demanded growing extortion payments he was unable afford. The family — Melendez, his wife, and children, ages 5 and…

Protection urged for migrant children

By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service Petitions and letters to members of Congress and the Obama administration are among the measures being pursued by advocates urging humane treatment of the Central American children who are trying to migrate to the United States. A petition delivered July 10 to members of Congress, President Barack Obama and…

Praying for a pathway to citizenship

Perla Ramos has lived and worked in Minnesota for 11 years and wants permanent status for herself and for her family May 9, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully In December 1997, Adrian gave instructions to his wife Perla Ramos and their 5-month-old daughter before he left their homeland of Mexico for the United States. “He…

Deportations go on, but immigration reform stalled

May 9, 2014, edition By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service The united front of President Barack Obama and advocates for comprehensive immigration reform has tarnished and taken on an increasingly bitter tinge over deportations. Building on huge increases in U.S. Border Patrol resources that began in the George W. Bush administration, Obama’s Department of Homeland…

Undocumented? Illegal? Don’t overlook dignity

When it comes to immigration reform, the best approach may have nothing to do with names and labels May 9, 2014, edition By Joe Towalski When it comes to immigration, word choice is among the debated issues. A caller to the newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, The Catholic Spirit, complained recently…