The Church in America Initiative focuses on the future of the Catholic Church in the United States, with particular emphasis on the challenges facing Latino communities in the U.S., especially in the areas of education, immigration and incarceration.
In less than a year, at least six children are believed to have died while in the custody of immigration officials along the border.
But the number of undocumented Central Americans in the country is increasing — from 1.5 million in 2007 to 1.9 million in 2017, according to the Pew Research Center.
“Deploying 6,000 National Guard troops on the southern border is not a root solution that addresses the true causes of the migration phenomenon,” Mexico's bishops wrote. “The fight against poverty and inequality in Mexico and Central America seems to be replaced by fear of the other, our brother.”
In a country where the Hispanic community is dispersed and Latin American restaurants and organizations are few, Notre Dame aux Riches Claires is the go-to gathering place for migrants and refugees who want to be reminded of home.
We do not join with one another to be politically correct or to celebrate diversity. We do so because we believe that salvation is communal.