The refugee process is complicated and confusing, even for people entrenched in this work. That, coupled with rumor, may cause people to question this work. We have complied a list of answers to questions below that you might have.
January 25, 2017
WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump today issued an executive order to construct a wall at the U.S./Mexico border, to significantly increase immigrant detention and deportation, and to disregard the judgment of state and local law enforcement on how best to protect their communities.
The U.S./Mexico border, spanning approximately 2000 miles, already has roughly 700 miles of fencing and barrier that was constructed under the George W. Bush administration. In response to the decision to build a wall on the U.S./Mexico border, Bishop Joe Vasquez, Chair of the Committee of Migration and Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, stated:
The floods of August 2016 turned practically all of south Louisiana into an inland lake. Enough rain fell to fill Lake Pontchartrain four times, flooding about 140,000 households and rivaling the scope of devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy. Neighborhoods, homes and businesses flooded that were well out of the flood plain, and the inundation exceeded a 1,000-year flood level. More than 30,000 people were rescued. Nearly 200,000 houses and 11 percent of the state’s population was affected either directly or indirectly.
The day after the rain ceased, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge went to work, initially focusing on families and individuals in the shelters. As of Aug. 30, we’ve done case work on 850 families, or about 2,000 individuals.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge will dedicate its newly renovated and expanded home for homeless pregnant women on Tuesday, September 20. The Sanctuary for Life now also offers a safe haven for women and their newborns.
Bishop Robert W. Muench will bless and lead the dedication ceremonies at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
“The Sanctuary for Life has offered a safe haven for over 250 women and unborn children since it was first established in 1999,” said David C. Aguillard. “As Louisiana’s only housing program of its type, its often saved the lives of the children and also their mothers who had no place else to turn,” he said.
On Saturday, September 17, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge will hold its 5th annual Citizenship Day at the Jones Creek Library. There you can find free naturalization application assistance to qualified green card holders. Participants will receive an eligibility review with a trained immigration law professional as well as assistance completing the required forms. Please call to reserve your space today! 225-346-0660 or 225-376-6849. Click here to find out what you need to bring. English Spanish