The recent surge of 4,000 Rohingya migrants that fled Myanmar and Bangladesh in April and May illustrates a story rooted in discrimination and ostracism based on anti-Muslim bias that permeates the Buddhist-majority nation of Myanmar.
Maryknoll missioners have worked with migrants and people on the move for decades. They have served Burmese refugees in Thailand, Thai workers all over Asia, Burundian and Rwandan refugees in East Africa, and have accompanied Guatemalans, who, after years in Mexico, returned home to start anew in a more peaceful country. Our faith compels us to stand in solidarity with migrants.
Here in the United States, we are profoundly affected by the contribution of migrants in our society, and we have a responsibility to treat them, like all the rest of God’s creation, with dignity and respect.
SAVE THE DATE! U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Justice for Immigrants National Convening
The U.S. has the largest immigration detention infrastructure in the world. The expansion of this system in recent years is partly due to the immigration detention bed quota, policy passed by Congress under which 34,000 immigrants are held in ICE detention at any given time: “. . . funding made available under this heading shall maintain a level of not less than 34,000 detention beds.” This policy is unprecedented; no other law enforcement agency operates on a quota system.
This interfaith vigil will be held as a sign of our solidarity with the hundreds of mothers and children from Central America who are being detained in Texas and Pennsylvania. We will gather to urge President Obama to close all family detention facilities and end this inhumane practice.
Sr. Carol Marie McDonald serves as a missioner in Central America, most recently in El Salvador.
Women held in a Texas Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prison work for $3/day, their children's health is deteriorating, and many haven't been given the opportunity to post a reasonable bond for their release.
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The following article was written by Marek Cabrera, the Central America intern for the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, and was published in the March-April 2015 NewsNotes.
The House Judiciary Committee will be considering the Michael Davis Jr., in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (HR 1148), a very negative bill that would harm our communities and congregations.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns endorses the recently introduced End Modern Slavery Initiative Act, sponsored by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN).
Justice for Immigrants’ Lenten toolkit contains weekly resources to accompany you through your Lenten journey.
On January 27, 51 people, including 30 Dominican-born children, some of their mothers and 14 other adults were deported without due process to Haiti from the Dominican Republic. More mass deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants are feared.
The following reflection, prepared by Tim O’Connell, who served as a lay missioner in El Salvador, was published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
On November 21-23, over 2,000 people gathered at the gates of Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter at the Universidad Centroamericana (University of Central America, UCA) in El Salvador. Those responsible for the massacre were military leaders who had trained at the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA), located at Ft. Benning; the program has been re-named the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC).
- Border Action Network
- Christian Campaign for Immigration Reform
- Forced Migration Online
- Franciscans International's Handbook on Human Trafficking
- Franciscans International's Handbook on Migrant Workers
- Humane Borders
- International Organization for Migration
- Justice for Immigrants
- Migration Information Source
- Migration Policy Institute
- No More Deaths campaign
- Refugees International
- U.S. Catholic bishops and immigration: A chronology
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants