BY ISN STAFF | February 19, 2014
Voices of faith continue to speak loudly for humane immigration policy. Jesuit Conference USA president Fr. Thomas Smolich, S.J. published an op-ed in the DC legislative news daily The Hill calling on President Obama’s administration to immediately enact simple deportation safeguards to protect migrant lives.
Fr. Smolich noted the falling failures with our current deportation policies, including:
- deporting an individual at 3 a.m. when local shelters close their doors at9 pm;
- leaving the deported migrant at the mercy of local gangs or organized crime for the remainder of the night;
- failure to return a migrant’s money, cell phone or documents;
- stranding him or her on the border with no way to contact family, journey home, or prove his or her identity;
- the deportation of a woman in serious medical distress without notifying Mexican authorities in advance so they can prepare for her care;
- the separation of family members, sending a woman and her children to one location while deporting her husband to a town hundreds of miles away without providing any information on the spouse’s whereabouts or how to reunite.