U.S. Catholic Bishops Rebuke Trump’s Immigration Changes

“Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral,” Cardinal Daniel DiNardo…

U.S. Catholic Bishops Rebuke Trump’s Asylum Changes

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the USCCB and archbishop of Galveston-Houston (screen shot: ChurchIn21stCentury/Youtube)

(Religion News Service) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened its spring meeting this week with a stern reproach of the Trump administration’s latest immigration policies, with the group’s president suggesting the new rules on asylum are a “right to life” issue.

Some bishops followed by urging protests, including “canonical penalties” for those who carry out the administration’s new rules.

Within minutes of opening the USCCB’s biannual meeting in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday (June 13), Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the USCCB and archbishop of Galveston-Houston, read aloud a statement deeply critical of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent announcement regarding asylum qualifications.

“At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life,” DiNardo said, reading from the statement. “The Attorney General’s recent decision elicits deep concern because it potentially strips asylum from many women who lack adequate protection…

“We urge courts and policy makers to respect and enhance, not erode, the potential of our asylum system to preserve and protect the right to life…”

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“Our government has the discretion in our laws to ensure that young children are not separated from their parents and exposed to irreparable harm and trauma. Families are the foundational element of our society and they must be able to stay together,” DiNardo said. 

“Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral,” he added.

When he finished, DiNardo asked bishops to clap if they approved the statement. The room erupted in applause…

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