J. D. Long-García, America Magazine

J. D. Long-García

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Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Supreme Court denies asylum seekers the right to appeal deportation rulings

Today’s court decision removes any judicial check on the Trump administration’s efforts to fast-track the deportations of asylum seekers who cannot show strong evidence of persecution in their home countries. → Read More

What St. Paul thinks about baseball’s universal D.H.

This year, pitchers will not hit—not in the American League nor in the National League. Experts speculate this will lead to a permanent change in baseball. → Read More

What the church is doing to welcome Latino L.G.B.T. Catholics

New ministries are trying to help Latino L.G.B.T. Catholics and their families understand each other by working at the intersection of faith, culture and sexuality, reports J.D. Long-García. The first step is talking openly and honestly. → Read More

What the church in San Jose is doing to prepare for a post-Covid future

It is not uncommon to see a Tesla or a Lexus among the cars in line for food donations at parishes in the diocese. → Read More

A message for Catholic media: Don’t let print die

The trend toward digital content is inevitable, writes J.D. Long-García, but the church must take advantage of the deeper engagement that is unique to print publications. → Read More

Less pizza, more phone calls: Youth ministry after Covid-19

Helping parishes learn how to livestream. Writing letters. Youth ministry has changed during the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Immigrant workers face economic uncertainty during Covid-19 shutdown

Nearly 20 million immigrants work in health care, farm work and other jobs that are critical to the nation, writes J.D. Long-García, but many are shut out of assistance programs during the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Why you should read St. Catherine of Siena—in her own words—during the coronavirus pandemic

Catherine is a model of contemplation in action, no doubt. But for many, the biography of her life has overshadowed her writings. → Read More

How Catholic schools are serving immigrant families during the coronavirus pandemic

Classroom closures have meant that many parents are struggling to balance their own work with their new role as teachers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Parents are overwhelmed. → Read More

Stimulus does little to stifle Covid-19 fears in the undocumented community

Ms. Aguila and her husband are undocumented immigrants, but their children are U.S. citizens. If the children catch the coronavirus, she said, they will have health care. But as far as her husband and herself, Ms. Aguila said their only plan is just to not get sick. → Read More

U.S.-Mexico border humanitarians scramble to curb coronavirus

The “social distancing” required by the coronavirus is making it more difficult to provide essential services to migrants and asylum seekers stranded at the U.S.-Mexico border, writes J.D. Long-García. → Read More

Entrepreneurs and pro-life voters: A closer look at Latinos who support Trump

About one-fourth of U.S. Latino voters strongly support President Trump. The positive direction of the economy is a major reason for their approval, writes J.D. Long-García. → Read More

One year later, how has Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy affected asylum seekers?

Of the 7,000 asylum cases that have been completed in the El Paso sector since the policy was implemented, only 15 individuals received asylum—a denial rate of more than 99 percent. → Read More

Five reasons why Luke’s Gospel is more Latino than the rest

Hint: It’s about food. And Mary. → Read More

Meet Archbishop José Gomez, the first Latino president of the U.S. bishops

On Nov. 12, the U.S. bishops elected Archbishop Gomez to be the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the first ballot. → Read More

As Supreme Court hearings begin, advocates say DACA was always a short-term fix

“Our nation made a promise to these ‘Dreamers,’” Archbishop Gomez wrote. “We have a moral obligation. It is time for the president and Congress to honor that promise and live up to this obligation.” → Read More

Remembering the children who died in detention during Día de los Muertos

“They died on their way to this country and made that journey from life into death,” Ms. Marquez said. “In the end, we will find them there with our God." → Read More

Fewer than half of U.S. Latinos are Catholics, says one poll. How should the church respond?

Surveys show a long-term decline in U.S. Latinos identifying as Catholic, reports J.D. Long-García. The church is identifying ways to keep second- and third-generation immigrants in the pews. → Read More

El Paso bishop: Latinos feel ‘they have targets on their backs’

The racism that is now a part of public life must be named and opposed, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Tex., said in a new pastoral letter. → Read More

Catholic leaders will gather for a pilgrimage and teach-in on the border

Catholic organizers, labor leaders, theologians and activists will gather Oct. 11 to Oct. 13 in El Paso, Tex., for a national pilgrimage, teach-in and public action. → Read More