Welcome the Stranger

Welcome the Stranger

And as a Christian, am I supposed to pick and choose which neighbors to love?

More than 15,000 Syrian refugees arrived in the United States in 2016 alone. All refugees from Syria undergo an enhanced review process in addition to the multiple layers of security screenings that all refugees go through. They undergo a rigorous screening and vetting process, in-person interviews, and background checks that often take years to complete.

Ten states have resettled nearly 70 percent of the Syrian refugees. The top five states are California, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Arizona.   In terms of demographics, about half—or 8,709—of the Syrian refugees are children under age 14, and nearly all of the total Syrian refugees are Muslim.

The USCCB and Bishop Vasquez, Chair of the Committee on Migration are taking a very strong stand in opposition to the executive orders of President Trump.  Please either call your Member of Congress or click here and email  to express your strong concern with the Executive Orders that would:

  • halt the whole refugee admissions program for 120 days to determine additional security vetting procedures
    • drastically cut the refugee admissions from 110,000 to 50,000 this fiscal year
    • ban Syrian refugees for an undetermined amount of time
    • end DACA.

Call your Member of Congress today at (202) 225-3121 and leave this message:

As a Catholic in your district, I urge you to stop the anti-Christian ban of Muslim refugees entering the United States. The ban of any person or group because of their religious beliefs is immoral, dangerous and goes against the principles on which our country was founded.