While Catholic parishes and agencies across the Country are responding to the humanitarian disaster unfolding along the Mexican border, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has no facilities to house these migrant children, who are some of the most vulnerable in our world.  

Catholic Charities behind push for Congress to protect services

On this July 4 weekend, tens of thousands of refugees given permission to enter our country and share our freedoms are threatened with having critical support services suspended, becoming collateral damage of the crisis of unaccompanied immigrant minors arriving at our border.  

“It is our belief that both populations can and should be helped,” said David Aguillard, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge which houses the office that manages the State’s four resettlement agencies.  “We should not turn our backs on those our country has already committed to help.”

On this July 4 weekend, tens of thousands of refugees given permission to enter our country and share our freedoms are threatened with having critical support services suspended, becoming collateral damage of the crisis of unaccompanied immigrant minors arriving at our border. 

On June 20, the US Office of Refugee Resettlement announced plans to shift $94 million away from services for screened and approved refugees in order to aid unaccompanied immigrant children arriving at the US border.  Those cuts will take place on July 5, if Congress permits. These cuts will reduce refugee services in job placement and training, English lessons, interpretative services, transportation, and access to health services.  

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