“Recognizing their dignity as a human being and their right to receive basic human family and community opportunities calls me to support the need for a class D driver’s license,” Bishop Kettler said during his testimony.
In late November, Father Jeff Ethen, Deacon Jim Schulzetenberg and his wife, Bonnie, and retired Deacon Bruce Geyer and wife Gail spent a week in El Paso, Texas, where they heard firsthand about newcomers entering the United States from Bishop Mark Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso and other community leaders.
The Biden administration announced new immigration policies Jan. 5, expanding the use of Title 42 while increasing legal paths for some individuals to seek asylum while remaining in their home countries instead of migrating to the southern border.
During its tenure, the next Congress and its speaker are also likely to offer a mixed bag of legislative results on issues of importance to Catholics. Some of those issues, including abortion and immigration, are cornerstones of increasingly partisan national debates.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Dec. 27 that Title 42, a federal public health rule permitting immigration officials at the border to bar migrants seeking asylum from entry, would remain in effect until the high court hears legal challenges over the policy.
“In recent days and weeks, we have witnessed the troubling convergence of our broken immigration system and the political divisions of our time being inflicted upon men, women, and children seeking refuge in our country,” said Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville, chairmen of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration.
The Catholic peace organization’s revitalized Bread Not Stones campaign that is calling for a deep rethinking of the ever-growing Pentagon budget and seeking ways to prioritize human needs and other threats to human life, such as climate change, in federal spending bills.
Father Fallon credits it to the original sentiment of the grant from CCHD that helped the center open emphasizing the importance of having it be led by community members, valuing the needs of a unique culture and values.