So many children are coming from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala because of rampant economic inequality and social exclusion.
Immigration and the Church
As children and families continued crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a group of diverse religious leaders remained focused on the plight immigrants face after they arrive in the country illegally.
Immigration and the Church: Ideologues who know how to exploit human suffering have pointed to dark-skinned immigrants and refugees and said, "They are to blame."
Across the United States, Catholics have stepped in to help the unprecedented numbers of children flooding the border despite protests, threats, and government reluctance to give access to detained children.
A Latin America expert for Catholic Relief Services, the head of the bishops' migration committee and the president of a Catholic college in Michigan were among those urging the government toward humanitarian responses to a surge of children and families crossing the U.S. border from Central America.
Pope Francis on Tuesday called for an end to racism against migrants and pushed the U.S. to offer greater protection for young children entering the country illegally.
"These children and families have journeyed to our country, fleeing violence and destitution in Central America. ... They are exhausted, afraid and clinging to hope."
Column: "The demographics of the nation, and the electorate, are changing rapidly and the American public as a whole support immigration reform."
Global Sisters Report: When the pressures of poverty and violence become too heavy, people risk moving to someplace they perceive to be better. Here's how to help.
Global Sisters Report: The Sisters of Charity on the U.S.-Mexico border are in a holding pattern, waiting for the next planes to arrive with detained immigrant families.