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.
Immigration and the Church
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.
Column: We await a moral conscience moment in the welcoming of children and others escaping the violence in such countries as Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
Opinion: Immigrants will continue to live in fear of deportation and companies will continue to be afraid of the now-widespread "silent raids."
The debate of whether children who crossed the U.S. border alone pose a humanitarian crisis or an immigration challenge shapes the U.S. response.
Majorities of every religious group except for white evangelical Protestants support a path toward citizenship for undocumented immigrants, according to a poll released Tuesday.
The poll from the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution shows that support for immigration reform among white evangelicals has seen an 8-point drop over the past year, to 48 percent.