BY ISN STAFF | January 4, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United Sates has issued a statement denouncing the Obama Administration’s decision to conduct nationwide raids in order to deport Central Americans seeking refugee and asylum status in the U.S. “We are especially disturbed by reports of immigration officials forcibly entering residences in Georgia and Texas over the last several days to conduct invasive searches and round-ups of Central American asylum seekers,” said the statement published by the Jesuit Conference’s Advocacy office today.
Noting the work of Jesuits throughout Central America, Fr. William Kelley, S.J., secretary for social and international ministry at the Jesuit Conference, described the situation in the region as a “tragic unraveling of respect for fundamental human rights and the rule of law.” He called for the “root causes” of forced displacement to be addressed noting that the circumstances of the region “drive people to flee for their lives.”
The full statement can be read here: