Executive Orders Related to Refugees. Over the weekend, a federal district court in Washington prohibited implementation of the ban and the Court of Appeals temporarily upheld the prohibition. The administration still pursues the ban. Anyone who may be affected by the ban should seek legal counsel to make sure they have current information, especially with regard to travel outside the United States.
In multiple media releases during the past week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has vigorously spoken in opposition to executive orders issued by President Donald J. Trump regarding refugees. http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-026.cfm The president and vice president of the USCCB spoke in defense of religious freedom for all faiths. http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-026.cfm Catholic bishops expressly spoke in solidarity with Muslim peoples. http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-031.cfm
Damage to Families. Consistent with Catholic social teaching, Catholic organizations have focused on the disruptions caused to families by the recent executive orders and by the federal government’s unwillingness to address the problems with our country’s immigration system. https://cliniclegal.org/news/national-catholic-organizations-oppose-executive-orders-affect-immigrants-and-refugees
What is CLINIC? The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) was established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs. https://cliniclegal.org/about-us
Migration Mondays. Check out the most recent Migration Mondays, a new series of postings from the Justice for Immigrants campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Every week there will be a new informative and inspirational posting. http://justiceforimmigrants.org/migrationmonday/migrationmonday-6/