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J.D. Long-García is a senior editor at America.
Politics & Society Dispatches
J.D. Long-GarcíaDecember 04, 2018
In the fiscal year of 2018, U.S. immigration judges denied asylum in 65 percent of cases.
Politics & Society Dispatches
J.D. Long-GarcíaNovember 19, 2018
Members of the Central American caravan will likely have to wait months to have their asylum cases heard, according to the Rev. Pat Murphy, a Scalabrini priest who runs the Casa del Migrante in Tijuana, Baja California. Fewer than 5 percent will be granted asylum, he said.
Migrants, consisting of mostly women and children, who disembarked from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bus, wait for a Greyhound official to process their tickets to their next destination at a bus station in Phoenix May 29. (CNS photo/Samantha Sais, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
J.D. Long-GarcíaNovember 13, 2018
The “Catholic Removal Impact Survey of Society” surveyed 133 deportees to provide insights into the effects of deportation on immigrants and their families.
Politics & Society Dispatches
J.D. Long-GarcíaNovember 09, 2018
Those who cross the border illegally will be unable to claim asylum after President Trump signed a proclamation limiting such claims on Friday.
Politics & Society Dispatches
J.D. Long-GarcíaNovember 08, 2018
Exit polls indicated that immigration was second only to health care in the minds of voters.
A protester holds a sign that reads "Fighting for more than just a Dream," as he joined Dreamers and hundreds of demonstrators calling for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, in early February outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles. (CNS photo/Mike Nelson, EPA
Politics & Society Dispatches
J.D. Long-GarcíaNovember 06, 2018
The Trump administration announced plans to end DACA last year, but court rulings have temporarily blocked the termination of the program.
Politics & Society Dispatches
J.D. Long-GarcíaNovember 01, 2018
The monument to the Virgin Mary, which will be surrounded by a meditation garden, was inspired by the Statue of Liberty and commissioned by the San Diego Organizing Project.
Politics & Society News
J.D. Long-GarcíaNovember 01, 2018
Hosffman Ospino, an associate professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education at Boston College, moderated a panel discussion on Latinos and Catholic education Oct. 30 at The Catholic University of America.
Honduran migrants climb on a truck Oct. 23 in Chiquimula, Guatemala, as they travel with other Central Americans in a caravan heading to the United States. (CNS photo/Luis Echeverria, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
J.D. Long-GarcíaOctober 29, 2018
Catholic aid groups are among those preparing for migrants fleeing violence in Central America—and who may face a U.S. border slammed shut to asylum seekers.
Central American migrants depart from Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on Oct. 21. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Politics & Society Dispatches
J.D. Long-GarcíaOctober 23, 2018
Many of the migrants in the caravan are fleeing Central America’s “Northern Triangle”—El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. These countries are beset by “the world’s highest murder rates, deaths linked to drug trafficking and organized crime and endemic poverty.”