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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 general to:

  • End dangerous deportation practices that exacerbate the vulnerability of deported migrants to trafficking, exploitation or violence.
  • Change current Customs and Border Protection (CBP) lethal use of force policies.
  • Address the continued lack of accountability and responsiveness to complaints at CBP, which have left communities feeling militarized, alienated, unsafe and criminalized.
  • End family detention, a failed and inhumane model of warehousing vulnerable families.

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 Solidarity Network]





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