Jesuits Call on President to Address Rights Violations of Immigration System
October 2, 2014 — This week, the Jesuit Conference joined 23 other national faith-based
organizations in sending a letter to President
Barack Obama, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh
Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder expressing their disappointment “at
the decision to delay acting to provide immigration relief for millions of our
fellow community members.”
The letter urged
Obama, Johnson and Holder to address human and civil rights violations, lack of
transparency and governance issues that continue within the government’s
immigration enforcement practices. “The political calculus that led to the
decision to delay broad-based immigration relief has little relevance in terms
of efforts by the Administration to address these persistent shortfalls in
upholding our country’s commitment to human rights, accountability, due process
and transparency,” the letter stated.
The letter also
included policy recommendations, calling for the president, DHS secretary and attorney
dangerous deportation practices that exacerbate the vulnerability of deported
migrants to trafficking, exploitation or violence.
current Customs and Border Protection (CBP) lethal use of force policies.
the continued lack of accountability and responsiveness to complaints at CBP,
which have left communities feeling militarized, alienated, unsafe and
family detention, a failed and inhumane model of warehousing vulnerable
Other organizations that signed the letter include
the Ignatian Solidarity Network,
Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Conference of Major Superiors of Men
and Pax Christi USA. To read the full letter, click here. [Source: Ignatian
January 1, 2018 — In the early days of 2017, the newly elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, helped set the stage for a year that will be very much remembered for the Jesuits’ care for people at the margins.
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