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Blog: Laudato Si’ -- A NETWORK Associate’s Perspective

Jun 19, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

When I was a kid, my family always took what I initially considered to be the strangest vacations. While my friends flew off to Disney World, I flew off to…Wyoming. And Alaska, Arizona, and California. While my friends enjoyed amusement park rides, I quickly grew to love hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and kayaking.

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Blog: Yet Another Ugly Amendment Directed at Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers!

Jun 08, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

On June 3, the House of Representatives passed its fourth spending bill of 2015, the Commerce-Justice-Science (CSJ) bill. However, it was not without an anti-immigrant attack, this time by Representative Steve King (R-IA-04). His amendment, which passed 222-204, prohibits the use of any funding by the Department of Justice to continue its legal battles concerning President Obama’s November 2014 executive actions.

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Blog: Yet Another Ugly Amendment Directed at Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers!

Jun 08, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

On June 3, the House of Representatives passed its fourth spending bill of 2015, the Commerce-Justice-Science (CSJ) bill. However, it was not without an anti-immigrant attack, this time by Representative Steve King (R-IA-04). His amendment, which passed 222-204, prohibits the use of any funding by the Department of Justice to continue its legal battles concerning President Obama’s November 2014 executive actions.

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Blog: Why Detention for Immigrants, Especially Immigrant Families, Must End

May 27, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

“Unlocking Human Dignity: A Plan to Transform the U.S. Immigrant Detention System,” a new scathing joint report from the Migration and Refugee Services/United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Center for Migration Studies (CMS), speaks of the baleful effects of immigrant detention on the lives of persons who pose no threat or danger, but are treated like criminals.

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Blog: Just, Unjust, or A Little of Both: the Inexorable Movement toward Ending Family Detention

May 21, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

Detaining women and children in so-called “family detention centers” is completely morally unacceptable.

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Blog: Attempts to Abolish Birthright Citizenship

Apr 30, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

What are lawmakers David Vitter (R-LA), Steve King (R-Iowa) and numerous co-sponsors of the “Birthright Citizenship Act” thinking of, as they try to gut the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Both Vitter and King have previously attempted to prevent children born in the U.S. of foreign national parents from gaining automatic U.S.

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Blog: Funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Beyond February 27, 2015

Jan 23, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Prior to the passage of H.R. 240 on January 14, NETWORK, along with 21 other representatives of the interfaith community working toward immigration justice, sent a letter to all members of Congress requesting that they oppose the proffered bill and any amendments that would repeal either the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA).

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Blog: Short-term Strategies for Assisting Migrant Children on Our Border and the Central American Countries They're Fleeing

Nov 07, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

NETWORK believes there are several short-term, low-cost strategies that Congress can take immediately to alleviate the humanitarian problem of migrant children from the Central American “Northern Triangle” countries on our southern border. Two key strategies are to stop certain programs that have exacerbated the situation.

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The Sad Saga of Congress Isn't Finished Yet

Aug 26, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Recent Vox reports have included charts proving that Congress is indeed getting worse. One, from a Brookings Institution report, showed the percent of important legislative issues in gridlock in each Congress since 1947 rising from less than 30% to 70%.

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Blog: Crisis of Children on Our Southern Border

Jul 14, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein

The surge of undocumented children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, most from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, has created a full-blown immigration crisis. More than 52,000 youngsters have poured across these borders since last fall. While the number of children apprehended at the border averaged 6,800 annually between 2004 and 2011, the total jumped to over 13,000 children in 2012 and over 24,000 in 2013. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that well over 60,000 unaccompanied minors could enter the U.S.

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