U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Supports Southern Border Bishops Concerns Over White House Decision to Deploy National Guard at U.S./Mexico Border

April 11, 2018 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Catholic Bishops of the southernborder issued a statementon April 6, 2018, regarding their deep concern over the Administration'sdecision to deploy the National Guard atthe U.S./Mexico border. Bishop Joe Vásquez, Chairman of the USCCB Committee onMigration, today issued the following statement in support of the SouthernBorder Bishops and in response to the Administration's recent actions:

"On behalf of the USCCB Committee on Migration, Ifully affirm the concerns voiced by the U.S. Bishops of the southern borderregarding the presence of the National Guard at the U.S./Mexico border.  Current law entitles those fleeing persecutionand arriving in our country to due-process as their claims are reviewed. As theborder bishops state: 'Seeking refuge from persecution and violence in searchof a peaceful life for oneself and one's family is not a crime.'  Our faith calls us to respond with compassionto those who suffer and seek safe haven; we ask our government to do the sameas it seeks to safely and humanely secure the border."

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez,USCCB Committee on Migration, White House, National Guard, Mexico border, U.S. border

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