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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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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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Statement of the Scalabrini International Migration Network - Fifth Round of Negotiations Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration

JUN 07 2018 by SIMN
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New York, June 5, 2018

Thank you co-facilitators.

We would like to thank you for improvements in Revision 2, including reaffirming the principle of non-refoulement, improved family unity language, a listing of the services available to irregular migrants, and the recognition of faith-based organizations as stakeholders in the implementation process.

We have several suggestions on how the Compact can be improved and strengthened. We have submitted these suggestions for your consideration, a few of which I would like to highlight:

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Declaración de la Red International de Migración Scalabrini - Quinta ronda de negociaciones Pacto Mundial sobre migración segura, ordenada y regular

JUN 07 2018 by SIMN
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Nueva York, 5 de junio de 2018

Gracias co-facilitadores.

Queremos agradecerle por las mejoras en la Revisión 2, que incluyen la reafirmación del principio de no devolución, el lenguaje de unidad familiar mejorado, una lista de los servicios disponibles para los migrantes irregulares y el reconocimiento de las organizaciones religiosas como partes interesadas en el proceso de implementación.

Tenemos varias sugerencias sobre cómo se puede mejorar y fortalecer el Compact. Hemos enviado estas sugerencias para su consideración, algunas de las cuales me gustaría destacar:

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