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TuesdayJuly 22, 2014

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Texas Plan to Deploy National Guard at Border Worries Mexico

The Mexican government on Tuesday expressed its “concern” over the decision by Texas authorities to send 1,000 National Guard troops to the border to help stem the massive arrival of undocumented child migrants from Central America.

“Attention to the immigration phenomenon must be paid from a long-term regional perspective and based on the principles of good neighborliness and shared responsibility,” the Foreign Relations Secretariat said in a statement.

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Court Urges Argentina and Its Creditors to Reach Debt Agreement

A U.S. federal judge said here Tuesday that Argentina and creditors who boycotted Buenos Aires’ debt restructurings must negotiate “continuously until a settlement is reached” to avoid another default.

“That is about the worst thing I can envision,” U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa said.

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Chile and Spain Expand their Strategic Alliance

Chile and Spain are intending to broaden the scope of the strategic alliance they established more than a year ago with the incorporation of reforms that are currently being implemented by both governments, Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said here Tuesday.

“This is a good moment in bilateral relations. It’s both governments’ desire to work to strengthen them,” she said at the close of a meeting in Santiago with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.

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Brazilian Police Implicated in Killing of Teen Robbery Suspect

Brazilian authorities are investigating two police officers in last month’s killing of a 14-year-old boy in Rio de Janeiro, public safety officials said Tuesday.

The cops were taken into custody after the appearance this week of a video that implicates them in the murder.

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Honduras Criticized for Its Harrassment of Journalists

Reporters Without Borders denounced Tuesday the judicial harassment of news professionals in Honduras, asserting that journalists are being prosecuted for giving voice to minorities and reporting on subjects the authorities want to keep hidden.

The Paris-based watchdog group known by the French initials RSF pointed to the sedition case involving 36 members of the Honduran Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations, or COPINH.

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Carlos “Dunga” Verri to Return as Brazil’s National Soccer Team Coach

Carlos Caetano “Dunga” Bledorn Verri, who played on three Brazilian World Cup squads, was named Tuesday as the national soccer team’s new coach.

The 50-year-old Dunga, who will be on his second coaching tour with the national team, replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, whose squad played poorly in the World Cup.

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U.S. Court of Appeals Ruling Threatens Obamacare Subsidies

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that many of the subsidies authorized by the federal government via President Barack Obama’s health care plan are illegal.

Two members of a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found in favor of a group of plaintiffs who argued that the Affordable Care Act authorizes subsidies only for people who purchase health insurance through exchanges run by the individual states, not the federal government.

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Providing Safe Passage to 90K Unaccompanied Children from Central America

Providing Safe Passage to 90K Unaccompanied Children from Central America

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The Children’s Services unit within USCCB’s department of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) provides community-based services to support the reunification of unaccompanied children with their family members. The USCCB released the following statement.

Overview of Current Situation

Central American children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are migrating to the United States alone in record numbers. While not a new phenomenon, the number of children who are making the perilous journey alone has increased exponentially—6,775, on average, arrived between 2003—2011, and upwards of 90,000 are projected to arrive in Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013—September 30, 2014).

A delegation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) traveled to Central America in November 2013 and reported in Mission to Central America: The Flight of Unaccompanied Children to the United States that multiple interrelated factors are contributing to the increase in forced child migration. Some of these factors include: a lack of strong social institutions and civil society support, abuse in the family stemming from pressure on family units due to violence and family separation, a lack of viable economic and educational opportunities, and environmental factors affecting crop production. However, the delegation reported that “one overriding factor has played a decisive and
forceful role in recent years: generalized violence at the state and local levels and a corresponding breakdown of the rule of law have threatened citizen security and created a culture of fear and hopelessness.”

Catholic Teaching Underpinnings of Our Work

The sanctity of the family and the need to protect the vulnerable is an integral element of Catholic approach to service and pastoral care in the United States. This is evidenced in the January 2003 pastoral statement on migration of the US and Mexican Catholic Bishops, Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, which specifically speaks of the unaccompanied child, noting this special population’s heightened vulnerability, and the corresponding need for special consideration and care that these children should receive.

It is the view of the Church that protecting family values should not depend on a family’s nationality or immigration status and through its Justice for Immigrants Campaign USCCB promotes humane and compassionate immigration reform that preserves the family unit as the cornerstone of the immigration system.

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Venezuela Declares China a Critical Element of Its Economy

Venezuela confirmed Monday that its relations with China have become a fundamental pillar for making progress in almost all sectors of its economy.

With a new portfolio of accords and almost $5.7 billion in loans, the Asian giant will provide support in many key areas.

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TuesdayJuly 22, 2014