Information on Unaccompanied Migrant Children

Pope Francis: Immigrant children coming to U.S. need to be protectedThe humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America fleeing to the U.S. and other nations to escape violence weighs heavily on our hearts. Parishioners have been asking about the Catholic Church’s response and what they can do as individuals to assist migrant children.

The Franciscan friars of Holy Name Province have issued a call to action that encourages individuals to contact legislators to advocate on behalf of the children and the local Catholic Charities office to find out what you can do locally. Below is Holy Name Province’s official statement as well as three other resources the friars recommend:

ChildRefugees statement_7-31-14
10 Ways to Help the Children at the Border–CLINIC
USCCB Resource Kit
Myths and Facts on Central American Migration Surge–Jesuits

The Diocese of Raleigh also has issued an official statement encouraging individuals to response with mercy, justice and compassion for the needs of all, not just U.S. citizens. Here are links to resources recommended by the diocese:

Diocese of Raleigh Response to Unaccompanied Children Humanitarian Crisis
Catholic Social Teaching on immigration
Response to the situation of unlawful immigration
Enforcement of immigration laws

How You Can Help

Holy Name Province recommends contacting members of Congress at  1-888-562-8232 and asking them to:

  • Oppose the Obama Administration’s request for “fast track” authority to speed the removal of unaccompanied children back to their countries without first appearing before an immigration judge.
  • Provide adequate funding to protect unaccompanied children arriving in the U.S. and respond to their basic needs, including legal representation while their immigration cases are pending.
  • Address the root causes that compel children to flee their homes by providing robust funding for targeted development programs in Central America and Mexico, and a comprehensive regional plan to address this issue.

The Diocese of Raleigh suggests the following:

Please continue to check this site for updated information.

Trevor Thompson, director of Justice & Peace, 919-847-8205 x270

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