A boy holds U.S. flags as people gather for an immigrant rights rally in front of the Supreme Court on Nov. 20, 2015. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)
Jesuit Conference Calls for an End to Immigration Raids Targeting Central Americans
January 5, 2016 — Today the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the
United States issued a statement denouncing the Obama administration’s
decision to conduct nationwide raids on people who have fled Central
On the eve of the Christmas holiday, media outlets reported
the administration’s plan to round up and deport Central American families and
adult asylum seekers, “despite the fact that the Northern Triangle of Central
America is undergoing a human rights crisis that has resulted in the forced
migration of hundreds of thousands of Guatemalan, Honduran and Salvadoran
citizens,” according to the statement.
“We are especially disturbed by reports of immigration officials
forcibly entering residences in Georgia and Texas over the last several days to
conduct invasive searches and round ups of Central American asylum seekers,
including children as young as four,” the statement said.
Father William Kelley, SJ, Secretary for Social and
International Ministry at the Jesuit Conference, noted that the work of the Jesuits
in Central America “has allowed us to witness firsthand the tragic unraveling
of respect for fundamental human rights and the rule of law in the region.”
Fr. Kelley said that children and adults in Guatemala, Honduras and El
Salvador are often caught between gang members who control the area and
militarized police, while others are forced from their lands because of
“These are the factors that drive people to flee for their
lives. These problems cannot be addressed through irresponsible and insensitive
immigration tactics. Rather, the root causes of the forced displacement must be addressed,” said Fr. Kelley.
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