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Immigration Action Deferred PDF Print E-mail

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, chair of USCCB’s Committee on Migration said the June 23 immigration ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was “a huge disappointment.” United States v. Texas was brought by some states that challenged immigration guidelines issued by the Secretary of Homeland Security, relating to the DAPA and expanded DACA programs.

The Court deadlocked in a 4-4 tie, which means that the programs will remain blocked from going into effect, and the matter will return to the federal trial court for further proceedings. The original DACA program is not affected by the injunction.

Prior to the decision, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and 24 other U.S. faith-based organizations, who advocate or provide aid and resources to recent immigrants and their families, filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court. The brief stressed the public interest and humanitarian arguments for supporting the guidelines, explaining that the guidelines facilitate family stability and community participation.  

The U.S. Bishops will continue to work for comprehensive immigration reform. To read the full statement from Bishop Elizondo, click here.

Abortion Limits Rejected PDF Print E-mail

On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-3 ruling in the abortion facility medical standards case, Woman’s Whole Health v. Hellerstedt. Deirdre McQuade, assistant director for pro-life communications at the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, reacted to the loss.

“The Court has rejected a common-sense law protecting women from abortion facilities that put profits above patient safety,” McQuade said. “The law simply required abortion facilities to meet the same health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical centers – standards like adequate staffing, soap dispensers, and basic sanitary conditions. It required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, and that hallways be wide enough to allow emergency personnel through with stretchers, should a life-threatening emergency arise.”

“Abortion claims the lives of unborn children, and too often endangers their mothers, as well,” she added. “This ruling contradicts the consensus among medical groups that such measures protect women’s lives.”

Abortions Rise Globally PDF Print E-mail

A report on the number of abortions worldwide was published recently in the journal, The Lancet.

Researchers from the Guttmacher Institute (originally part of Planned Parenthood) and the World Health Organization estimated that there were 56.3 million abortions during 2014 throughout the world, compared with 50.4 million in 1990. The abortion rate declined in developed countries, while increasing slightly in developing ones. Most of the increase was attributed to the growth in population. Based on the new estimates, there is an average of 154,000 abortions per day in the world.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2016 14:44
Deportation Raids Decried PDF Print E-mail

Bishop Elizondo, auxiliary Bishop of Seattle and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration expressed deep concern over reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will soon begin a month-long series of immigrant deportation raids.

“Sending women and children back to Central America will not serve as an effective deterrent to migration because this is a humanitarian crisis and individuals from the region are being forced to flee for their lives.  These operations spark panic among our parishes. No person, migrant or otherwise, should have to fear leaving their home to attend church or school. No person should have to fear being torn away from their family and returned to danger.”  Bishop Elizondo said. 

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles also noted that “The raids are yet another depressing sign of the failed state of American immigration policy.”

Regional Cornerstone PDF Print E-mail

The first regional Cornerstone Catholic Conference, scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2016, will take place at the Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center in Spokane Valley.

Bishop Thomas Daly will speak at the October gathering which is being organized by the Diocese of Spokane. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Founded by the Bishops of Washington State, Cornerstone inspires and educates Catholics helping them to grow in their love and service of God and neighbor. For more information, contact Scott Cooper at Catholic Charities (509) 358-4273 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2016 14:44
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