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Statement on the Global Compact on Migration Leading into the Sixth and Final Round By the U.S. Catholic Working Group on Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration

JUN 26 2018 by SIMN
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New York, June 26, 2018 - We, the members of the U.S. Catholic Working Group on the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration1, write to provide our position on several issues debated during the fifth round of negotiations on the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. We consider the positive resolution of these issues vital to the success and integrity of the Compact and to its contribution in improving the situation of the world’s migrants.

First, we urge you to not make distinction between irregular and regular migrants in each objective of the document. All human beings, whether migrating in a regular or irregular manner, possess fundamental human rights that entitle them to certain benefits, including life-sustaining services such as health-care, shelter, food, and education. Also, individuals often go between the two categories, for example, when they are granted a regular migration status through domestic laws, consistent with each nation’s security, such as those promoting family unity, child protection, or refugee protection.

 

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Camps of Migrants, Persecuted Persons and Refugees

JUN 21 2018 by SIMN
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Rome, June 21, 2018 - If the XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries were classified, respectively, as Era of Reason, Era of Lights and Era of Revolutions, the Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman proposes for the XX century the designation of Era of concentration camps. It refers particularly to the extermination machines of Hitler's totalitarian regimes, such as Auschwistz; and of Stalin, like Gulag (Cfr Bauman, Zygmunt, La vie en Miettes, expérience postmoderne et moralité, Ed. Pluriel, Paris, 2014, pp. 178-182). It is too well known and notorious how millions of people lost their lives in those antechambers of hell.

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Campos de migrantes, perseguidos y refugiados

JUN 21 2018 by SIMN
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Roma, 21 de junio de 2018 - Si los siglos XVII, XVIII y XIX fueron clasificados, respectivamente, como Era de la Razón, Era de las Luces y Era de las Revoluciones, el sociólogo polaco Zygmunt Bauman propone para el siglo XX la denominación de Era de los Campos de concentración. Se refiere particularmente a las máquinas de exterminio de los regímenes totalitarios de Hitler, como Auschwistz; y de Stalin, como Gulag (Cfr Bauman, Zygmunt. La vie en Miettes, expérience postmoderne y moralité, Ed. Pluriel, París, 2014, pág. 178-182). Es demasiado conocido y notorio como millones de personas perdieron la vida en esas antecámaras del infierno.

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Statement of the Missionaries of Saint Charles, Scalabrinians, and the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) on Family Separations by the U.S. government on the U.S.-Mexico border

JUN 20 2018 by SIMN
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New York, June 20, 2018 - The Congregation of the Missionaries of Saint Charles, Scalabrinians, and the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) strongly oppose the immoral policy of family separation currently being implemented by the U.S. government.   The Scalabrinians and SIMN, which operates 250 immigration programs—shelters, schools, and community centers—around the world, is well aware of the migration crisis in Central America and the violence and endemic poverty which force migrant families to seek safety in other countries, including the United States.

These families are extremely vulnerable and do not pose a threat to the citizens of the United States.  They are not criminals, but rather asylum-seekers looking for protection from criminal organizations in their home countries.  They should not be prosecuted and jailed, but offered safe haven and a chance to join family members or live in community-based alternatives to detention in order to prepare themselves for their asylum cases.

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