Full statement follows:
"Reports of recent disparaging remarks aboutAfrican countries and Haiti have aroused great concern. As our brothersand sisters from these countries are primarily people of color, these allegedremarks are especially disturbing. All human beings are made in the imageand likeness of God, and comments that denigrate nations and peoples violatethat fundamental truth and cause real pain to our neighbors. It isregrettable that this comes on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and coulddistract from the urgent bipartisan effort to help Dreamers and those withTemporary Protected Status. As a vigorous debate continues over the futureof immigration, we must always be sure to avoid language that can dehumanize ourbrothers and sisters."
Keyword: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; USCCB; Chief CommunicationsOfficer; James Rogers; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; DACA; TemporaryProtected Status; TPS; Dreamers; Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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