Immigrants and survivors

T-shirt worn by a former Pedro Pan at the press conference. Archbishop Thomas Wenski joined business leaders, community leaders, immigration advocates and former Pedro Pans in a press conference asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to revoke an executive order that threatens to close down shelters that house unaccompanied minors in Florida after they are caught at the border by immigration authorities. The press conference took place Feb. 10, 2022 in the offices of the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Miami.

MIAMI  |  It’s a battle of propaganda versus facts, political posturing versus legal logic, Church versus state — with at-risk children in the middle.

When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis talks about unaccompanied minors, he speaks of “clandestine” flights “in the wee hours of the morning,” and refers to the Biden administration’s “mass human smuggling operation.” 

MIA Unaccompanied

Archbishop Thomas Wenski joined business leaders, community leaders, immigration advocates and former Pedro Pans in a press conference asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to revoke an executive order that threatens to close down shelters that house unaccompanied minors in Florida after they are caught at the border by immigration authorities. The press conference took place Feb. 10, 2022 in the offices of the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Miami.

Unaccompanied Arroyo

Peter Routsis-Arroyo, CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, said taking care of unaccompanied minors has been part of the agency's mission since the 1960s. "Our license will soon expire, and unless it's renewed, unless there's some sort of understanding between the governor's office and the feds, it's possible that we will no longer be able to carry out our mission." Archbishop Thomas Wenski joined business leaders, community leaders, immigration advocates and former Pedro Pans in a press conference asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to revoke an executive order that threatens to close down shelters that house unaccompanied minors in Florida after they are caught at the border by immigration authorities. The press conference took place Feb. 10, 2022 in the offices of the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Miami.

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