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Update on the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform  

Issue: # 116
 July  2015

In This Issue
USCCB/JFI Action Alert
For Children and Legacy
Irish Outreach Welcomes J-1 Students
USCCB/JFI Immigration Convening
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USCCB/JFI Action Alert

Request

Please call the White House today at 1-855-589-5698 and give this message:

"Please do not appeal the July 24th federal district court ruling to release families in detention and please end the government's practice of family detention of immigrants."

 

Background

On July 24, 2015, Judge Dolly Gee of the Central District of California ruled that current U.S. family detention policies violate a 1997 legal settlement known as the Flores Settlement. The Flores Settlement set the standards to be used by the U.S. government regarding the detention, release, and treatment of all children in immigration detention. To comply with Judge Gee's order, the government must reverse the family detention policies and dismantle the facilities it instituted last year, and release from detention accompanied children together with their parents.

 

In a USCCB statement released on July 27, 2015, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Migration, welcomed the ruling and "(urged) the administration to comply with expeditiously" and not appeal the decision. Moreover, Bishop Elizondo said, "Hopefully, the court's decision will end the suffering and further traumatization of these families. The detention of families is unnecessary, inhumane, and unworthy of our nation."

 

Action

Again, please call the White House today at 1-855-589-5698 and give this message:

 

"Please do not appeal the July 24th federal district court ruling to release families in detention and please end the government's practice of family detention of immigrants."

 

For Children and Legacy, Obama must end Family Detention

 

By Bishop Eusebio Elizondo and Bishop Julian Gordy

 

On July 24, Judge Dolly Gee of the Central District of California ruled that the Obama administration's policy of detaining families-young mothers with children---fleeing violence in Central America violated a 1997 court settlement that protects children from unnecessary detention.  The decision required the administration to show cause by August 3 why these children, preferably with their mothers, should not be released within 90 days. 


 
The decision provides the administration an opportunity to end a practice that is both unnecessary and inhumane.  Appealing the court decision and maintaining the policy of detaining families would tarnish President Obama's immigration legacy, as jailing thousands of traumatized young mothers and children seeking safety for indefinite amounts of time does not read well in the annals of history.   


 
The judicial order is the perfect chance to not only end the practice of family detention, but to avoid this characterization. Thankfully, there are humane alternatives to detention that would allow these families to live in the community but ensure they comply with the legal process.  Community-based programs centered around case management, in which families are connected to social services and legal assistance, are more humane and cheaper than detention. They also boast over ninety percent appearance rates at immigration court proceedings. 


 

In the end, the administration is faced with a moral choice, plain and simple. Either do not appeal the court decision and stop detaining families or continue to tarnish their legacy forever. For the sake of the children and to avoid perpetuating this tragic practice under future administrations, let's hope they make the right choice.


 

Elizondo is auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration. Gordy is bishop of the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

 

 


To read the entire article go to:  The Hill.

 

Irish Outreach Ocean City Welcomes J-1 Students
On July 29th, Pat and Rick Fairbend 
and a team of volunteers hosted a picnic for over 100 of the Irish J-1 students living and working in Ocean City for the summer.    It was a wonderful opportunity for the Irish students to get to know the dedicated volunteers who have been welcoming and assisting them throughout the summer.  The Irish Outreach Ocean City is supported by the Irish Bishops Conference and the Department of Foreign Affairs Emigrant Support Programme.




 



 Moving Forward: 

Immigration in 2016 and Beyond

JOIN the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Justice for Immigrants at the upcoming National Convening:



Wednesday - Friday, November 11-13, 2015 
Four Points Sheraton Hotel at O'Hare Airport 
Chicago, Illinois

Conference begins at 4 pm on November 11 and concludes at noon on February 13.

Conference costs:

 $250/double (shared) room; $350/single room - prices include two nights lodging, all meals, conference materials, reception, shuttle to/from O'Hare.


$150 for local attendees (not needing lodging); $75 for one day attendance  Includes meals, conference materials, reception and free hotel parking.


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Geri Garvey, Administrator
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