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CSPAN Video - U.S. House Judiciary Committee Hearing
"An Administration Made Disaster: The South Texas Border Surge of Unaccompanied Alien Minors"

June 25, 2014
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Hardball with Chris Matthews (video): ‘This is a refugee flow’
July 10, 2014
Stephanie Gosk and Kevin Appleby join Hardball to talk about the brutal and terrifying conditions in which children are fleeing from Central America and to the American border.
Watch video

USCCB Chairman Urges Obama Administration To Reconsider Proposed Policy To Return Unaccompanied Children to Their Home Countries Without Proper Due Process
July 2, 2014
Children with valid asylum claims could be returned to their persecutors
Bipartisan cooperation needed to humanely address issue

Wall Street Journal video: U.S. to Speed Up Deportation of Illegal Migrants
June 20, 2014
Watch video and read more

Heading into U.S. bishop’s General Assembly, USCCB urges Congress to reform nation’s immigration system
June 5, 2014
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Video: Bishops Come to Washington on a Mission for Migrants
Following the April 1st Border Mass in Nogales, the Bishops took their cause to Washington, DC.  On May 29, 2014 a Mass was offered for immigrants and their families who are being subjected to separation because of our broken immigration system.
Click here or on the images above to watch a replay of the Mass in Washington, DC.
A video recording of the post-Mass press event can be viewed at:

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of the Archdiocese of Seattle writing in The Hill (Washington, DC)
April 16, 2014
Why I went to the border.    Read

Video replay:  Mass on the U.S.-Mexico Border
April 1, 2014
Led by His Eminence Sean Cardinal O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston, the bishops commemorated the deaths of migrants in the desert and prayed for immigration reform. Click here or on the image above to watch a recording of the Mass.  Fast forward to the 10:35 mark of the video for the start of the Mass.
Read Cardinal O'Malley's homily   |   Mass flyer   |   Activities to do in solidarity   |   Reported by the Ignatian Solidarity Network   |   View the video stream of the Mass

Washington Post: Cardinal McCarrick meets with Boehner on immigration
February 6, 2014

USCCB Chair ‘strongly encouraged’ by House Republican immigration reform principles
January 31, 2014

NY Times: Boehner Is Said to Back Change on Immigration
January 1, 2014

Current state of U.S. immigration `an offense against God
November 29, 2013
Catholic News Service (courtesy of SAN ANTONIO (CNS) — In a new pastoral letter “Families Beyond Borders,” the bishops of the border region of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico humanize the immigration debate by placing it in a moral context with specific illustrations of struggling children and families.    Read   |   Video   |   Read “Families Beyond Borders”   |   En Español: Familia Mas Alla De las Fronteras

At 'Justice for Immigrants' Mass, bishop calls Jesus 'divine immigrant'
October 17, 2013
Jesus was the "divine immigrant" who lived his life "traveling from place to place," Bishop O'Connell told the congregation at Mass.    Read   |   Read more and see video   |   Photos

Guest Column by Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, VA and Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of Richmond, VA
October 13, 2013
Richmond Times-Dispatch: We write as bishops whose own families immigrated to this country from Italy. We live in a commonwealth settled by immigrants from Europe, and now populated by people from every corner of the globe. As they always have, immigrants sit among us in our pews and our classrooms. Many of those we interact with every day, including our co-workers and employees, are immigrants. They live in our neighborhoods and pay taxes in our communities. They are our neighbors.    Read

Denver Post: Colorado bishops' pastoral letter urges broad immigration reform
October 1, 2013
Read   |   Read the Colorado bishops' pastoral letter   |   En Español

Video on immigration by Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis
September 10, 2013
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Homily by Bishop Anthony Taylor of Little Rock
September 8, 2013
When we reject a stranger we are rejecting Christ.   Read

Archbishop George Lucas writing from Omaha
September 6, 2013
Getting involved in immigration reform is about more than law, it's about faith.   Read

Archbishop Charles Chaput writing from Philadelphia 
August 7, 2013
Security, immigration reform and human dignity: Most undocumented immigrants in the U.S. – the vast majority — never commit a violent act, have no desire to undermine the common good and contribute productively to American prosperity.   Read   |   En Español

Sioux City bishop criticizes Rep. Steve King's immigration comments
July 29, 2013
Sioux City Journal: "I am disappointed by Rep. King's remarks, which speak of migrants in a way that undermines their human dignity and the respect owed them as children of God."   Read   |   More

Catholic college officials urge Congress to pass reform
July 18, 2013
Washington Post: More than 90 Catholic university heads urged their fellow Catholics in Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.   Read   |   More   |   Read the letter

Survey: Strong Catholic support for immigration reform
April 19, 2013
Nearly eighty percent of Catholic voters support earned citizenship. Catholics need to contact their legislators.   News Release   |   En Español   |   Survey Summary   |   Survey

Cardinal Dolan interview on MSNBC
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, discusses immigration and the GOP in an interview on MSNBC.   Watch the interview

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