When Ambassador Robert White died in January, we all lost a great crusader for justice and human rights. The Jan. 30-Feb. 12 print issue of NCR includes a related story of the never-ending and escalating battle for those rights in Honduras, where we met White 50 years ago when he was a Foreign Service officer posted to the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa.
Providing security for Central America means removing some of the armaments the United States has provided for the war on drugs.
"These bills would not fix our immigration system. Rather, they would make it less just and would undermine our moral authority domestically and globally."
Failed trade and migration policies of the United States have exacerbated political problems in Honduras, leading to greater poverty and violence, the report from the AFL-CIO says.
Heading into the holiday weekend, I can't help but think about the three predictable questions I will probably be asked over the Thanksgiving table: Do you have a job lined up for next year? Are you dating anyone? What do you think about the president's executive action on immigration?
Fr. Ismael Moreno, known as Padre Melo, was friends with the Jesuit priests slain by SOA graduates in El Salvador in 1989.
For the first time, federal funding will help pay for unaccompanied minor immigrants to get legal assistance, including through Catholic agencies that will receive a little more than half of $4.2 million in grants for this fiscal year.
An additional $4.8 million will be allocated for the legal program for the 2015 fiscal year.
Global Sisters Report: The biggest challenge organizations responding to the immigration crisis on the U.S./Mexico border is a federal administration bent on sending refugees back.
In early July, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement set up one of several makeshift detention centers in remote Artesia, N.M., to "manage the large influx of women with children arriving in south Texas seeking asylum from desperate conditions in Central America."
Global Sisters Report: Immigrants used to be released to family members pending deportation hearings. However, pressure from Congress resulted in the creation of a holding facility.