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.

Resources:

Mission to Central America: The Flight of Unaccompanied Children to the United States, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Refugee Council USA

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)  

Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth

Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley

Catholic Charities USA

News Articles:

Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to U.S. Border, NY Times 7/10/14

Official: East Texas organization could shelter border children if crisis worsens, KETX-ABC

Donations still needed for women, children at immigration centers--KGBT News

COMMENTARY: Busloads of turned-back immigrants, an image of shame--The Washington Post

Surge of 'desperate' migrant children leaves needs unmet, Catholic News Service

FOX joins Catholic Charities USA to face the crisis on the border, MundoFOX

Charities help immigrants at the Texas-Mexico border--KQVE News

A crisis, but not for the Rio Grande Valley--The Washington Examiner

New US Effort to Aid Unaccompanied Child Migrants--New York Times

Child Migrants Driven to U.S. by Violence, Poverty--Washington Post

Obama Sees Undocumented Children Immigrants as Humanitarian Issue--TIME

Texas Air Base Houses Minors Crossing Solo Into U.S.--National Public Radio (“Morning Edition”)   

Officials blast ICE for dumping overflow of illegal immigrants – including kids – at bus stations--FOX News

Influx of unaccompanied child migrants exposes strained system--MSNBC

White House Seeks Extra $1.4B to Address Surge in Children Crossing Southern Borders--FOX News

Child Migrants to Cost US $2.3B--Politico 

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 

US Alarm at Growing Number of Illegal Child Migrants--BBC

Migrant Kid Influx an “Administration-Made” Disaster--Christian Broadcasting Network

What’s Driving Exodus of Unaccompanied Minors Across US/Mexico Border? Public Radio International (PRI)

Faces of an Immigration System Overwhelmed by Women and Children--New York Times 

Aid targeted for Arizona site holding migrant kids--NBC News 

Child Migrants Strain Makeshift Arizona ShelterNew York Times

Border Patrol buried under wave of child immigrantsAssociated Press

Arizona sends supplies to illegal immigrant children 'dumped' in warehouse, Fox News 

A Flood of Kids on their Own Hope to Hop a Train to New Life, NPR  - All Things Considered  (AUDIO)

 

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