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Bishops urge Obama administration not to target mothers, children in deportations

January 15, 2016

Charging that the Obama administration’s actions on immigration are inconsistent with the president’s words on the issue, two bishops have called upon the administration to “end its deleterious practice of detaining immigrant women and children” and to cease “targeting immigrant women and children” in deportation enforcement proceedings.

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, and Bishop Kevin Vann, the chairman of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, said they were expressing their concerns after the Department of Homeland Security “entered homes in immigrant communities, primarily in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina, searching for families to deport,” and took “enforcement actions resulting in 121 Central Americans, primarily mothers with children, being taken into custody for impending deportation.”

Over 140 members of the House of Representatives have also criticized the administration its recent enforcement actions, which took place from January 2 to 4.


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 16, 2016 11:34 AM ET USA

    The USCCB should put its money where its mouth is. I know from personal experience that a good immigration lawyer can assist these mothers in their deportation cases. Here's the math: 121 times $5000 equals $605,000. That's the price where I come from for a shot at freedom.

  • Posted by: unum - Jan. 15, 2016 6:51 PM ET USA

    So the USCCB is calling on the government not to comply with its duly enacted laws in deference to their opinion about immigration policy. Their actions make a mockery of Church teaching that civil authorities are responsible for the security of the population!