Catholics oppose Trump actions on border wall, sanctuary communities
Catholic organisations expressed distress and unease with President Donald Trump’s actions related to immigration while pledging to continue serving and supporting migrant people.
The reactions came within hours of Trump’s signing of executive memorandums on national security during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security on 25th January. The memorandums authorised the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border and directed John F. Kelly, secretary of homeland security, to look at how federal funding streams can be cut for cities and states that illegally harbour those in the country without legal permission.
Agencies cited the words of Pope Francis in criticising the president’s actions and pledged to support and serve migrants in the United States.
‘Pope Francis has urged people not to close the door on migrants and refugees,’ Dominican Sr Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, said in a statement. ‘In concert with the Holy Father, we believe we must move from attitudes of defensiveness and fear to acceptance, compassion and encounter.
‘As the US Catholic bishops have said, this is not an either/or situation for us,’ Sr Donna added. ‘We can protect our citizens and, at the same time, we can welcome newcomers. Our commitment to care for those who are most vulnerable resides at the core of our faith.’
Picture: People protest against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies during a demonstration near the White House in Washington on 25th January. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz).Tags: Donald Trump, immigration, President Donald Trump, President Trump, trump, US