USCCB Chairman Welcomes Ninth Circuit Decision Upholding Preliminary Injunction on Refugee Resettlement Pause and Travel Ban

June 13, 2017 By Public Affairs Office

INDIANAPOLIS—On June 12, the U.S. Courtof Appeals for the 9th Circuit largely affirmed a nationwide preliminary injunctionagainst implementation of sections of the Administration's executive orderthat attempted to suspend and limit the U.S. refugee resettlement program and alsoattempted to ban the entry of people from six Muslim-majoritycountries.

Astatement from Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chair of theCommittee on Migration regarding the Ninth Circuit ruling follows:

"I am heartened bythe decision of the 9th Circuit to maintain the temporary halt implementingcertain provisions of the March 6th Executive Order. Upholding theinjunction will allow us to continue welcoming and serving refugees fleeingpersecution. Together with my brotherbishops, we believe it is possible tosimultaneously provide for the security of our country and have a humanerefugee policy that upholds our national heritage and moral responsibility. We remaindedicated to accompanying and supporting our brothers and sisters who forvarious reasons have been forced to leave their homeland. We follow the exampleof Pope Francis and pledge to them "a duty of justice, civility andsolidarity."


Keywords: USCCB, U.S. bishops, U.S. Conference ofCatholic Bishops, executive order, refugees, resettlement, injunction, court,Muslim, countries

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Norma Montenegro Flynn