The organizations in the Maryknoll family have issued the following joint statements.
As we turn to the year ahead, we urge you to reverse course and end overreliance on immigration detention by stopping new detention contracts and terminating current ICE contracts, investing in rights-respecting border management at the border, and committing to enacting just and humane immigration policies.
As members of the American faith community, we call on you to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and to ensure that all of the people held there are either released, agree to a plea deal, or receive a fair trial in a federal court.
Nearly eleven months since taking office, this administration continues to violate U.S. asylum law and evade U.S. treaty obligations by blocking and returning asylum seekers to places where their lives and safety are in peril.
Although we are told that sanctions are intended to influence the policies of governments, they often have harmful effects far beyond their intended targets, claiming the lives of innocent men, women, and especially children. The most vulnerable – the poor, the elderly, the marginalized – are always hurt worst of all.
We thank and congratulate the House of Representatives for passing the Build Back Better Act and call on the Senate to care for the common good and vote in favor of this historic legislation.
It is our hope that the White House will continue to request that Congress provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan in the years ahead and lawmakers answer that call. But any amount of aid is futile if it cannot reach the Afghan people in time.
After roughly 14 years, the severe restrictions on Gaza have left nearly 2 million people with severely limited access to clean water, electricity, and food.
Climate change is our 'fierce urgency of now' and the Glasgow Climate Pact does not rise to the moment. Just as Dr. King said in 1963, there is such a thing as being too late.
Now, in 2021, we have reached a decisive moment. We must reach an agreement in Glasgow that sets a clear and ambitious timeline for a just transition away from harmful fossil fuels.
As Churches and church-based organizations we unequivocally reject this move and call on Secretary Blinken to both demand its immediate reversal and to insist on protection for Palestinian civil society and human rights defenders.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns signed on to a comment to the Department of Homeland Security about proposed new regulations to exclude immigrants from access to core health, nutrition, and housing assistance programs.
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