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The tragic situation
of the families in Dilley

· U.S. Bishops visit a family detention center in Texas ·

San Antonio, 30. It was an important testimony. One which sheds light on families of illegal immigrants who are being held in detention centers. 

Thus, the topic of immigration must be addressed quickly and effectively and the Church is prepared make every effort to give dignity to those fleeing poverty and violence. This was the idea behind the visit of several bishops of the Catholic Bishops' Conference (USCCB) to the newly-built family detention center in Dilley, Texas.

The Bishops are calling for an end to a series of laws which are currently in force. These efforts were strengthened last year following the extensive increase in arrests of non-accompanied minors from Central America. “After this visit,” said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio, “my primary question is: Why? Why do we feel compelled to place in detention such vulnerable individuals – traumatized young mothers with children fleeing persecution in their home countries?”. The Archbishop, whose diocese includes the city of Dilley, continued that “a great nation such as ours need not incarcerate the most vulnerable in the name of deterrence. The moral character of a society is judged by how it treats the most vulnerable in our midst. Our nation’s family detention policy is shameful and I implore our elected officials to end it”.

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