The head US Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration and Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich issued separate statements strongly denouncing the current administration’s executive order that virtually shuts down the refugee admissions program for 120 days and reduces the number of refugees to be admitted to the United States this year from 110,000 to 50,000 individuals, and indefinitely suspends the resettlement of Syrian refugees.
The Committee’s chairman, Austin, Tex. Bishop Joe Vasquez said in part, “We will continue to engage the new administration, as we have all administrations for the duration of the current refugee program, now almost forty years. We will work vigorously to ensure that refugees are humanely welcomed in collaboration with Catholic Charities without sacrificing our security or our core values as Americans, and to ensure that families may be reunified with their loved ones.”
In Chicago, Cardinal Blase Cupich issued a statement on Jan. 29 that noted in part, “These actions impose a sweeping and immediate halt on migrants and refugees from several countries, people who are suffering, fleeing for their lives. Their design and implementation have been rushed, chaotic, cruel and oblivious to the realities that will produce enduring security for the United States.”
He went on to state, “The world is watching as we abandon our commitments to American values. These actions give aid and comfort to those who would destroy our way of life.”
For the US bishops’ Committee on Migration statement, click here.
For Cardinal Cupich’s statement (PDF), click here.