Bishops urged their governments to settle a growing refugee crisis around the port of Calais, where migrants have died attempting illegal crossings of the Channel Tunnel.
Immigration and the Church
Dolan wrote that as an American, he takes "seriously the great invitation and promise of Lady Liberty."
The ruling has led to questions whether the federal government will appeal and how immigration officials will comply.
Global Sisters Report: Nonprofit and faith-based organizations have cobbled together programs for asylum-seekers that vary from city to city.
Migrants with no representation are more likely to lose their asylum claims than those who do get legal counsel, according to a report by the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.
The bishops recommended replacing the practice with alternative detention programs that would give back immigrants their dignity and due process.
"What was a humanitarian crisis at our border last summer is now a due process crisis in our courts."
The Obama administration's policy of detaining immigrant women and children seeking asylum in the U.S. could soon end.
Global Sisters Report: The plight of women and children seeking asylum in the U.S. is drawing increasing attention, fueled on the inside by a hunger strike and fast.
Although the number of Central American migrants entering the U.S. has diminished in recent months, thousands remain incarcerated within secure detention facilities across the country without hope for release.
After being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, families and children as young as 12 days old are held within facilities that not only house hundreds of people for extensive periods of time, but also lack adequate medical or psychological care for their residents.