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.
Bishop Jaime Soto called the bulk of those crossing the U.S.-Mexico border "asylum-seekers" and said their jailing "is a violation of international law."
The bishops recommended replacing the practice with alternative detention programs that would give back immigrants their dignity and due process.
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.
"These bills would not fix our immigration system. Rather, they would make it less just and would undermine our moral authority domestically and globally."
NCR Today: The immigration debate is wrapped up in legal ramifications and ongoing political problems. Regardless, these things shouldn't distract from the recognition of innate human dignity.
More than 100 religious leaders and activists were arrested Thursday in a White House protest aimed at halting deportations and aiding immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
The direct action sponsored by Church World Service and Casa de Maryland, an immigration advocacy group, brought leaders from New England to Hawaii to the nation's capital.
The U.S. Park Police completed the arrests of 112 people by 3 p.m., charging each with "blocking passage" on the sidewalk outside the White House, a misdemeanor, said Sidney Traynham, a spokesman for Church World Service.
Immigration and the Church: These largely sympathetic views come from all points along the political and religious spectrum, according to a new survey.
Protests continue to grow around the country when it comes to housing undocumented children while they await processing.
In Rhode Island, protester Terry Gorman said, "If there was a bus coming out of there and I knew it was all illegal alien children ... I'd lay down in front of the bus. ... That's going to be the destruction of the state of Rhode Island."
"These children and families have journeyed to our country, fleeing violence and destitution in Central America. ... They are exhausted, afraid and clinging to hope."