News Detail
Jesuits Speak Out on Upcoming Supreme Court Decision on Immigration

By Doris Yu

March 10, 2016 — Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, joined Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) at the U.S. Capitol yesterday to advocate for immigrant families who will be impacted by U.S. v. Texas, the Supreme Court case determining whether the President's executive action expanding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) can go forward to offer a reprieve from deportation.


Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ, (second from left), Senator Robert Menendez (center) and others advocated for immigrants who will be impacted by the Supreme Court’s ruling.

In November of 2014, the Obama administration announced it would grant temporary protection from deportation and work authorization for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. who had either arrived as children or who are the parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders. 

Senator Menendez and Fr. Kesicki were joined by other advocates during a press conference to discuss the implications of the case for the millions of immigrants who came to the country as children and the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders. The Supreme Court is preparing to hear oral arguments in the case on April 18.


Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ, and other speakers at the event reviewed notes before the press conference.

“As friends of the Court — law enforcement officials, teachers, religious leaders, immigrant rights leaders, DREAMers, and everyone who believes in the merits of our case, we remain united in our call for a fairer immigration system rooted in the fundamental American beliefs of justice, humanity and keeping families together,” said Menendez, who co-led a group of 225 Democratic members of Congress in submitting an amicus brief to the court supporting of the legality of the immigration programs.

"As a Jesuit priest, my religious order works at the border in Nogales, Arizona, crossing each day into Sonora, Mexico,” said Fr. Kesicki during his remarks. “I have personally sat with women at this border who have been separated from their families, barred from their children. On their behalf I advocate for the protection and defense of their basic human rights."

Also speaking at the press conference were Richard Biehl, the police chief of Dayton, Ohio, and Alida Garcia, Director of Coalitions and Policy at FWD.us, an immigration advocacy group founded by tech entrepreneurs including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Areli Zarate, a high school teacher who qualified for DACA and whose mother is eligible for the DAPA program, and Juan Carlos, an El Salvador native eligible for the expanded DACA program, gave first-person accounts of how the programs would benefit undocumented individuals currently living in fear in the U.S.


Members of both English- and Spanish-speaking press were present at the event.

“The U.S. Catholic bishops have affirmed their strong support for President Obama’s executive action granting relief for immigrant families. Any action to keep families together and protect children is consistent with our core faith values and our core American values,” Fr. Kesicki said. “As Pope Francis said, ‘Every human being is a child of God ... migrants and refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved.’”

More photos of the press conference are available here. For more information about the United States v. Texas case, visit FightforFamilies.org





Recent News

October 17, 2018 — On October 14, Pope Francis canonized a pope and a martyr: Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, El Salvador.

October 15, 2018 — Prevain Devendran was selected to be a collaborator at the 2018 Synod of Bishops.

October 12, 2018 — On this day in 1963, U.S. Jesuit Father Walter Ciszek arrived in New York after 23 years in Russia in Siberian labor camps and Soviet prisons.

October 5, 2018 — Known as "The Magis," the guesthouse provides a place where Jesuits and other religious can recharge.

October 4, 2018 — Pope Francis asked bishops to be bold, honest, open-minded, charitable and, especially, prayerful as they begin the three-week meeting.

October 3, 2018 — Today the Society of Jesus celebrates the feast of St. Francis Borgia, SJ (1510-1572), the third Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

October 2, 2018 — This summer, several Jesuits were ordained to the priesthood at Masses in Puerto Rico and Haiti.

view all news

Search news

Publications
Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America 10/15/18

America 10/1/18

America 9/17/18



Loyola House of Retreats
Loyola House of Retreats is located on 30 acres of beautiful lawns, gardens and woodland in a quiet section of Morristown, N.J.