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Prelate ‘deeply concerned’ following Supreme Court decision on travel ban

June 30, 2017

A prelate has expressed concern about the “human consequences” of the Supreme Court’s decision temporarily allowing Trump administration to proceed with a partial implementation of the president’s Executive Order 13780.

The executive order, more commonly known as the travel ban, is a revision of an earlier executive order and restricts entry into the United States of persons from six largely Muslim nations (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for 90 days. Lower courts had blocked the implementation of the executive order.

The Supreme Court will weigh the constitutionality of the executive order once its October 2017 term begins. Until then, the Court is permitting the administration to implement the order except in those instances when individuals can prove a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

Bishop Joe Vasquez, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Migration, responded:

While my brother bishops and I appreciate the Court’s ruling to allow individuals who have a ‘bona fide relationship’ with a person or entity in the United States to continue arriving, we are deeply concerned about the welfare of the many other vulnerable populations who will now not be allowed to arrive and seek protection during the proscribed pause, most notably certain individuals fleeing religious persecution and unaccompanied refugee children.

 
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  • Posted by: ALC - Jul. 02, 2017 3:25 PM ET USA

    If the bishops spent half as much time teaching the truths of our Faith as they do on immigration, maybe we wouldn't have a majority of Catholics in the U.S. approving of same sex marriage and not believing in the Real Presence. Those areas are where we need input from the bishops. Not immigration and global warming.

  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Jul. 01, 2017 6:43 AM ET USA

    If only these bishops would understand that they make themselves irrelevant whenever they simplify complex international relationships. Their role is not government. Why will they not spend adequate time doing their own jobs?

  • Posted by: Louise01 - Jun. 30, 2017 7:51 PM ET USA

    OMG, the Order lasts a full 90 days!!