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.
We encourage those who wish to support the U.S. Catholic Church’s efforts to care for the children in a compassionate Christian manner to visit the web sites of other Catholic agencies and parishes. Many agencies and people have opened their doors and their hearts to prayerfully house, feed and clothe them while they are processed by our country’s established legal systems to determine if returning them home is a viable option or whether to admit them to the U.S.
Currently, CCDBR is focused on assuring existing services continue so that all immigrants and refugees who have been legally admitted to our country do not suffer if resources are shifted to serve the unaccompanied children. Both populations deserve to be welcomed in the spirit of Christ. Please click here to see how you can assist with our efforts.
Mission to Central America: The Flight of Unaccompanied Children to the United States, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Children in Danger: A Guide to the Humanitarian Challenge at the Border, (American Immigration Council, July 10, 2014)
Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to U.S. Border, NY Times 7/10/14
COMMENTARY: Busloads of turned-back immigrants, an image of shame--The Washington Post
Surge of 'desperate' migrant children leaves needs unmet, Catholic News Service
A crisis, but not for the Rio Grande Valley--The Washington Examiner
Obama: Surge of immigrant children an “urgent humanitarian situation” --Atlanta Journal Constitution
Crossing alone: Children fleeing to U.S. land in shadowy system--Houston Chronicle
Faces of an Immigration System Overwhelmed by Women and Children--New York Times
Child Migrants Strain Makeshift Arizona Shelter, New York Times
Border Patrol buried under wave of child immigrants, Associated Press
A Flood of Kids on their Own Hope to Hop a Train to New Life, NPR - All Things Considered (AUDIO)