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New U.S. Policy Disregards “Fundamental Humanitarian Protections”

Source: The Tablet

U.S. Bishops have condemned a new policy that restricts the opportunity to seek international protection at the country’s southern border. “We are deeply disturbed by this disregard for fundamental humanitarian protections and U.S. asylum law,” said migration lead Bishop Mark J. Seitz.

Mexican Bishops Say Border Management Must Respect Human Rights

Source: Catholic Herald

Mexican Bishops have said a new migration directive from the U.S. Administration allows for “arbitrary deportations without any guarantee for asylum claiming.” A declaration from the Episcopal migration commission urged authorities to ensure that border management respects human rights and dignity.

German Bishop Says Refugee Protection Is Global Responsibility

Source: Katholisch.de

Global solutions are needed to protect refugees, said Archbishop Stefan Hesse, head of the German Episcopal migration commission, following a trip to Kenya. “Refugee movements challenge us globally," he stressed, while lifting up the work of the Church in Kenya to welcome and promote refugees.

Angola Bishops Applaud Move to Regularize Migrant Documentation

Source: ACI Africa

The Episcopal migrant commission in Angola (CEPAMI) has welcomed the government’s move to provide documentation for people with irregular status in the South African nation. CEPAMI said the decision follows ten years of advocacy by the Church and will offer more protection for people on the move.

U.S. Bishops “Deeply Disturbed” by New Border Restrictions

Source: Crux

Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, chairman of the Committee on Migration for USCCB voiced his concerns regarding the new executive action on the border, which would prevent migrants who entered illegally to seek asylum. USCCB is urging the President to reverse course and adopt a more humane approach.

Oceania Bishops Look at Offering Pastoral Care to Migrants

Source: CathNews

Pacific Bishops discussed pastoral responses to migration in the region at their recent executive meeting. “We heard the call of the vulnerable in our region, particularly those migrating,” said Bishop Anthony Randazzo, head of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania.

U.S. Bishops Continue Advocacy Despite Political Stalemate

Source: Crux

Amid gridlock on migration policy ahead of elections in November, U.S. Bishops continue work to raise awareness about migrant realities and advocate for laws and programs that respect human dignity and rights, including not being forced to migrate, the head of Episcopal migration services told Crux.

ICMC Member in India Launches Program to Support Informal Migrants’ Rights

Source: Matters India

The Commission for Migrants of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) launched the project "Supporting Informal Migrant Workers: Access to Entitlements" to ensure all migrant workers have equal access to basic rights and services.

Spain: Bishops Denounce Political Instrumentalization of Migration

Source: Info Migrants

Migrants are a "valid and necessary resource on which we depend," Spanish Bishops stressed in a 6 May pastoral address on migration. The Bishops denounced "political instrumentalization" of migration and called for legal pathways, regularization laws, and the closure of migrant detention centers.

Congolese Bishops Condemn Fatal Bombings of IDP Camps near Goma

Source: Vatican News

Congolese Bishops have issued a strongly worded statement condemning 3 May attacks on two camps for internally displaced persons near Goma that killed at least 12 people. The Episcopal Conference called for an independent international investigation into what they said was “a denial of humanity.”

Spanish Bishops Support Initiative to Regularize Migrants’ Status

Source: National Catholic Register

Spanish Bishops raised the need to regularize the status of undocumented migrants and address factors driving migration as parliamentary debate was to begin on a citizen initiative for legal recognition of certain groups of irregular migrants, a move supported by the Episcopal Conference.

Philippines: Displaced Ati People Are Rightful Owners of Land

Source: Agenzia Fides

Bishops in the Philippines are defending the right of return of the Ati people who have been displaced from their ancestral lands on the island of Boracay by property development. “The Ati are the rightful owners of the land,” who live there and earn their livelihood, said Bishop Valentin Dimoc.

U.S.Bishop Condemns Texas’ Increasing Criminalization of Migrants

Source: Nathional Catholic Reporter

Following Texas Attorney General attempts to close Annunciation House, a Catholic migrant shelter in El Paso, TX, Bishop Mark Seitz has critiziced the Lone Star state's escalading efforts to criminalize migration as part of a "broader, brutal, historical project in Texas to criminalize and police people who migrate."

“Priests Need To Walk Alongside Migrants,” Says Pope Francis

Source: Clarion Herald

Pope Francis calls for compassionate action in response to forced migration across the Americas, emphasizing the need for solidarity and hospitality towards refugees. He highlights the dangers faced by migrants crossing the Darién Gap and praises church initiatives providing support and advocacy for migrants.

U.S. Bishop Criticizes Move to Bolster Border Due to Haitian Crisis

Source: Catholic Review

As violence mounts in Haiti, steps by the U.S. state of Florida to shore up its border in anticipation of increased forced migration were critiqued by Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. “Right now, to deport people back to Haiti … is just like putting people back into a burning building.”

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