Belinda described 12 years of extortion, forced criminal behavior including prostitution, and escalating violence from one of her brothers and his fellow gang members.
A group of priests, religious, young immigrants and their supporters gathered outside of the U.S. Capitol to pray for the Dreamers, whose lives are in limbo, and for the legislators who have the power to change their situation.
Rosa B., 23, a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, who was brought to the U.S. when she was 4, speaks during a Feb. 3 rally in Los Angeles in support of a permanent legislative solution for immigrants. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, N.J., says religious leaders need to stand with immigrants and help the flock see their dignity. (CNS photo/Monica Almeida, Reuters)
"We forget where we came from, not just as the early Christian church, but also as a country."
Supporters of comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for Dreamers, gather near the U.S. Capitol in Washington Dec. 6. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
The Editors February 01, 2018
Mr. Trump’s proposed deal represents an almost complete reversal from previous Republican immigration priorities.
President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
J.D. Long-García January 31, 2018
“Families aren’t chains. They are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, grandmothers, grandfathers and brothers and sisters.”
Father Tom Smith, OFM Conv., welcomed Lorena Rivera, an undocumented immigrant, to the Holy Retreat Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico. (J.D. Long-Garcia)
J.D. Long-García January 30, 2018
“It’s not just, ‘I’ll pray for you.’ We need to do something personally for them.”