Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Fr. Tim Mulroy Joins National Faith Leaders Urging the Administration to Preserve Protections for Children Fleeing Violence

September 4, 2014

  By Elizabeth Nye, Advocacy Associate

Forty national religious leaders, including U.S. Regional Director of the Columban Fathers Fr. Tim Mulroy delivered a succinct, one-sentence message to President Barack Obama urging him not to compromise the lives of children fleeing violence in Central America as the Administration considers its next steps on immigration.

With new reports of Honduran children being killed following their deportation from the US and Mexico, this incredibly short message underscores the critical importance of protecting children and families seeking safety. The full letter reads:

While we celebrate the potential of executive action to alleviate the suffering caused by our nation’s broken immigration system – particularly in light of political inaction in Congress – it must not come at the cost of due process and access to humanitarian protection for children and families fleeing violence in Central America.

Columban priests and missionaries have been committed to upholding protections for Central American children and their families fleeing the immense violence they face in their home countries. We hope that any executive action the president takes does not expedite the deportation of vulnerable populations, such as children traveling alone, without a thorough review of their status. Additionally, we continue to urge the administration not to expand family detention centers such as the facility in Artesia, NM. Due process protections for those coming to the United States as refugees must be upheld.