Catholics for Immigrants Statement
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me.” (MT 25:35)
As Catholics, these transformational words form one of the foundations of our faith: the call to welcome. It is this call that moves us to stand in support of the United States’ proud traditions of refugee resettlement and protection for those of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.
On January 27, the new administration signed an executive order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” In effect, this executive order would:
- suspend the refugee resettlement program for 120 days
- bar the entrance of Syrian refugees indefinitely
- reduce the number of refugees the U.S. will resettle to the lowest number ever (50,000)
- prioritize refugee claims of certain religious minorities
While the implementation of certain parts of this order is currently on hold due to a court decision, we expect to continue to see threats to the refugee resettlement program.
With some sixty-five million people worldwide displaced from their homes due to war and other forms of violence, the U.S. has a moral responsibility to remain a safe haven for children, women, and men fleeing persecution and possible death. Now, when the need is so great, is not the time to waiver in our commitment to this tradition and call to welcome.
That is why we invite every Catholic priest, religious sister or brother, or deacon to sign a statement showing the Catholic commitment to refugees and vulnerable migrants and asking our political leaders to broadly support the United States’ refugee resettlement program. We have a responsibility to act on our call to welcome and protect the human dignity of all. Please click here to read and sign the statement by FRIDAY, MARCH 3rd.