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.
Immigration and the Church
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.
Latino Catholics now make up 40 percent of the total U.S. Catholic population. U.S. Catholics look different than they did half a century ago -- and so do their values.
"Children, many of whom are babies and toddlers, do not belong in jails, nor do their mothers, who've acted only to protect and save the lives of their children."
Global Sisters Report: "They have these horrible stories, but they're in detention and can't get out and it's clear the government isn't really trying to help them."
In a lecture, Bishop Daniel Flores wove together theology, personal stories of people in immigration continuum and philosophical perspectives of several novelists.