Prayer for Migrants

Office for Immigration

From the New York Times – April 6, 2019

It may take federal officials two years to identify what could be thousands of immigrant children who were separated from their families at the southern United States border, the government said in court documents filed on Friday.

A federal judge had asked for a plan to identify these children and their families after a report from government inspectors in January revealed that the Trump administration most likely separated thousands more children from their parents than was previously believed.

These families were separated before the administration unveiled its “zero-tolerance” immigration policy in the spring of 2018, when nearly all adults entering the country illegally were prosecuted and any children accompanying them were put into shelters or foster care.

To identify these families, the government said it would apply a statistical analysis to about 47,000 children who were referred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement and subsequently discharged, according to the court filing. From there, the government said it would manually review the case records of the children who appeared to have the highest probability of being part of the separated families.

A Prayer for Migrants By Jane Deren

Mary knew the weariness
Of the journey;
To Bethlehem,
To Egypt,
Back to Nazareth.
She knew the weariness,
The fear, the longing for home,
The need to continue moving, moving,
The longing for journey’s end, the longing for at least a semblance of a home.

To Mary we entrust
The mothers, the fathers, the children who today are holy families
Migrating in hope, in fear, in longing, for peace, for some security,
For something like a home.
May they find their journey’s end as we open ourselves to their stories, their need, their spirits;

We ask for mercy for all migrants and for our communities who are challenged to welcome them, to give them hope for a new life.



God has chosen us, too, to be a light to the nations, and so we pray…

For the Catholic Church as she strives to be a prophetic light to our nation and to all nations…
For the strength and courage to learn and act upon our Church’s social teachings and support humane treatment of migrants and all people…

We pray to the Lord: R: Lord Hear our Prayer

For migrant children separated from their parents at the border. For a speedy reunion with their families.
For legislators… For the wisdom and courage to enact compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform.

We pray to the Lord: R: Lord Hear our Prayer

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