Cardinal & Bishops Laud Texas IAF

1604 - Bishop Fiorenza's Letter of Congratulations

As the 40+ anniversary of the Texas IAF approaches, religious judicatories have begun congratulating the network for over four decades of leadership development and transformation.  Descriptions of the work of the network range from “virtuous” to “transformative” and “a force for change.”

Click below to read letters from:

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo,Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Bishop Daniel E. Flores, Diocese of Brownsville

Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, Diocese of Austin

Auxiliary Bishop Greg KellyDiocese of Dallas

Bishop Michael F. Olson, Diocese of Fort Worth

Texas IAF Calls on White House to Halt Deportations of Unaccompanied Children

Asserting that anyone under 18 should have an attorney and never be subjected to expedited processing, hundreds of bishops and clergy from every major religious denomination in Texas denounced proposed changes to the Trafficking Victims Act of 2008 and called on the White House for a better approach to the humanitarian crisis at the border.

In El Paso, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Fort Worth and Dallas, religious leaders preached about the crisis at the border, organized relief efforts and held press conferences reminding the White House and Congress of the Judeo-Christian admonishment for nations to “not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner or the poor (Zechariah 7:10).”

Texas IAF organizations are spearheading an effort to ensure that the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Act not be weakened, that expedited deportations of children be halted and that religious congregations be granted access to attend to the spiritual needs of the children currently detained in detention facilities.  [In photo, El Paso Catholic Bishop Mark Seitz delivers joint statement.]

Border Interfaith & EPISO (El Paso):

Univisión El Paso
El Diario

COPS / Metro Alliance (San Antonio)

San Antonio Express News
Univisión San Antonio

TMO (Houston):

Houston Chronicle

Allied Communities of Tarrant (Fort Worth):

Fort Worth Star Telegram

Dallas Area Interfaith:

Dallas Morning News
New York Times

Austin Interfaith:

FOX 7 News
Time Warner Cable News
Austin American Statesman
Telemundo Austin
Univisión Austin