Biden Team to Review Trump Immigration Policies Prior to Reversal

While new U.S. President Joe Biden is still reviewing immigration directives from his predecessor, policy watchers expect a more immigrant-friendly path forward as well as help for some families adversely affected by Trump administration policies. But that path forward still is not clear.

Migrant Ministries Call for End to Deportations During Pandemic

Catholic migrant ministries of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras have called for an end to deportations during the COVID-19 crisis, saying the practice exposes an already vulnerable group to health and security risks – especially those sent summarily to countries of which they are not citizens.

Supreme Court Green Card Order Could Hurt Local Immigrants

In January, the Supreme Court ruled that a Trump administration order that makes it easier for the government to block immigrants from obtaining admission into the United States, or gaining residency status, can be enforced until a final court ruling is issued.

Catholics Mark Anniversary of Child’s Death at Border

Catholics joined faith groups observing the first anniversary of the death of a 7-year-old girl who died under immigration detention in late 2018 and called attention to other children in similar circumstances. Jakelin Caal Maquin died in December 2018 at the El Paso Children’s Hospital in Texas of a bacterial infection and, at the time, she and her father were under detention by border agents.

Cardinal Tobin Leads Catholic Activists in Immigration Protests

The immigration issue came to the streets of Newark, N.J., on Sept. 4, when Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of the
Archdiocese of Newark led a march of about 400 Catholic activists outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices to protest some of President Trump’s policies on dealing with migrants at the southern border.