U.S. Bishops Chair on Migration Says New Executive Order Still Leaves Many Innocent Lives at Risk (March 6, 2017)
The Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, says that President Trump’s latest Executive Order still puts vulnerable populations around the world at risk. In a statement issued after the announcement of today’s travel suspension, Bishop Vásquez says that while we seek to maintain our values and safety, we must also exercise compassion in assisting and continuing to welcome the stranger.
Bishop Vázquez’s full statement follows:
"We remain deeply troubled by the human consequences of the revised executive order on refugee admissions and the travel ban. While we note the Administration’s efforts to modify the Executive Order in light of various legal concerns, the revised Order still leaves many innocent lives at risk. Read more
How Catholics in the U.S. can help
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is working with refugees
, mostly women and children, who are largely hidden in the news but who are suffering the most from the civil war in Syria and the rise of ISIS.
Catholic Relief Services has ramped up its response to the migrant crisis by working with church partners in Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Serbia. CRS is providing food, water, shelter, medical and legal care to more than 700,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Iraq.
Programs to help children get beyond their trauma are among CRS's key areas of focus.
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Thank you. And please, keep migrants and refugees everywhere close in your thoughts. They are frightened, far from home and will need your prayers and support every step of the way.
Annalise Laumeyer, communications director
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