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USCCB committee chair welcomes court decision blocking Trump executive order

February 13, 2017

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration has issued a statement welcoming an appellate court ruling that halts implementation of portions of President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees.

“We welcome the decision of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. We respect the rule of law and the American judicial process,” said Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to resettling refugees and all those fleeing persecution.”

The prelate added:

At this time, we remain particularly dedicated to ensuring that affected refugee and immigrant families are not separated and that they continue to be welcomed to our country. We will continue to welcome the newcomer, as it is a vital part of our Catholic faith and an enduring element of our American values and tradition.

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  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 14, 2017 8:04 PM ET USA

    Very poor judgment on part of the USCCB to take sides in a purely political conflict.

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Feb. 13, 2017 9:48 PM ET USA

    The justice and peace wing of the Church clearly fails to understand the existential threat of the existing chaotic immigration non-system. Their efforts would better serve the longer goals of helping those fleeing from the internal failures of their individual countries by supporting efforts to enable this great "light upon the hill" to bring chaos out of a system that enables the enemy to destroy all people of good will.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Feb. 13, 2017 8:58 PM ET USA

    Tally one more example (if you have room on the tally sheet) for political ignorance on the part of the USCCB. The President applied federal statute (8 U.S.C. §1182(f)) in his executive order. It is the judicial branch that, as Jefferson so feared, that is out of control and the USCCB is lock step with them. The USCCB is also implicitly if not stronger, advocating that certain laws aren't really valid making them complicit with the views and store burning actions of the left.

  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 13, 2017 6:15 PM ET USA

    Our bishops are so out of the Catholic mainstream, they continue their political speeches while many of the Faithful just ignore them. Instead of teaching the principles of Christ and His Church about care for our brothers and sisters, our bishops preach political positions that are ignored by the Faithful. Americans realize that national security is the responsibility of the President and the Congress, not the clergy of any denomination!