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Texas Catholic Bishops Urge Congress To Prompt Humanitarian Assistance For Women And Child Refugees 

The Texas Catholic Conference today issued a letter to all members of the Texas Congressional delegation urging them to reach a policy consensus that compassionately and effectively addresses the humanitarian crisis along the southern border.

The letter was signed by Bishops from each of the 15 dioceses across the state, and appealed for prompt actions in securing emergency funding as well as upholding the due process rights of refugees seeking asylum from the suffering, abuse, and death in their home countries.

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Read TX Bishops Congressional 
Letter on Refugees Here 


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Statement of Principles Regarding Refugee Families And Children

Our state confronts a continuing humanitarian crisis on the border as Central American children continue to seek refuge from the violence and exploitation in their home countries. This influx has sparked contentious debate over how to address this problem.

Statement Of Principle PDF Available Here.

As Catholics we are called to compassion for the vulnerable and needy. Pope Francis has noted that Jesus was Himself a refugee who was forced into exile in Egypt as a child with Joseph and Mary. 

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USCCB Chairman Urges Obama Administration To Reconsider Proposed Policy On Unaccompanied Children
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration, called upon the Obama Administration, July 2, to reconsider their proposed request to Congress for "fast track" authority to expedite the removal of unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America. Current law permits children from non-contiguous countries to remain in the country until their request for asylum or immigration relief is considered by an immigration judge.

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Bishop Seitz Testifies On The Issue Of Unaccompanied Migrant Children 
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Periodic Messages from the Texas
Bishops to the Catholic Faithful 

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Immigration: A Different Narrative 
By Bishop Daniel Flores
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Yesterday May 1, I had my annual brunch with members of the local media to help observe the Church's World Communication Day. The topic of immigration arose and I tried to describe the realities I hear about first hand here in the Rio Grande Valley.

These are very painful realities, involving men, women and children who are here because of violence or the fear of violence in their native countries. I do not think that the national discussion on immigration in this country sufficiently reflects the complex realities that cause families to seek security for themselves and for their children.
The occasion gives me a chance to talk a little bit about what is on my mind, about what is going on in the Diocese, and to take a few informal questions from the media representatives present.
 

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Catholic Schools: Fanning The Flame Of Faith  
By Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Sillar
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I once read the words of an Irish poet who wrote, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." This tells us that while you fill up a pail only once it is limited by its capacity, but when you light a fire it spreads with great energy and the more you fuel it, the brighter it burns.

Catholic schools exist to light the passion for learning in our children, but even more importantly to fan the fire of faith in their hearts. While academic excellence establishes a positive foundation, encountering Christ and applying the faith to all aspects of life are lessons that will endure in our children.


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Comprehensive Immigration Reform 
By Cardinal Daniel DiNardo

cardinalImmigration reform has begun to show up again in news stories as it appears that both national parties in the House of Representatives are growing closer in dealing with this important topic (the Senate already voted on a bill last summer).

The current situation on immigration is unworkable and piecemeal legislation will only exacerbate the problems. Comprehensive immigration reform is required.

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