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US should do more to assist migrants and refugees, says USCCB committee chair

Catholic World News - June 25, 2014

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration has called upon the United States to do more to assist refugees from Syria and child migrants from Central America.

“The United States has resettled a total of 42 refugees this year, compared to a Syrian refugee population of over two million persons,” according to the USCCB, and the committee’s chairman, Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, said that “although the United States has provided overseas support to these refugees, other forms of relief, including possible resettlement of the most vulnerable, should be seriously considered.”

Commenting on the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have attempted to cross the US-Mexican border, Bishop Elizondo said that “these children are indeed fleeing for their lives and must be looked at through a protection lens, not through an enforcement lens. We must not send them back if they have valid protection claims. It would be akin to sending them back into a burning house.”

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  • Posted by: ZIP5DO@aol.com - Jun. 25, 2014 6:34 PM ET USA

    Yes,we should help them right on back to their countries.This is an orchestrated event by the Obama Administration to create chaos.The Bishops are so blinded they cannot see the hand writing on the wall.These children are not fleeing for their lives.About 80% are not even children.They may be young but are very aware of the ways of the world.Many are not being tested for diseases and are walking incubators of serious illnesses that are being dumped in our communities.How many will Bishop take?

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