“Catholic Charities calls for renewed culture of solidarity with the poor and migrants in anticipation of World Refugee Day”
Catholic Charities USA is encouraged by the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirming a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Administration’s executive order limiting and suspending the refugee program and banning travel from six Muslim majority countries. However, the ongoing raids around the country, including the detention for deportation of dozens of Iraqi Christians fleeing ISIS, is deeply disturbing and representative of an ongoing trend of targeting and vilifying migrants and refugees.
The opinion of the 9th Circuit provides a ray of hope to migrants and refugees in our country and stands in sharp contrast to the ongoing vilification of these communities as exemplified by a 157% increase in arrests of non-criminal immigrants in just the first three months of the new Administration…. Instead what is needed is a renewed culture of solidarity with the poor and those coming to our shores in search of a better life for themselves and their families.
Welcoming refugees and migrants is the quintessential American way. It is not only deeply engrained in our nation’s history but is also a critical contribution to our nation’s cultural, spiritual, social and economic success. From inventors and entrepreneurs to humanitarians and pastors – migrants and refugees have contributed to all facets of our country…. For the Catholic Charities ministry, caring for migrants is at the core of the scriptural foundation of our work across the country. From welcoming migrants fleeing Europe over 100 years ago to present day migrants and refugees fleeing conflict, poverty and insecurity today – the recognition that all persons are born with innate human dignity and belong to one human family continues to drive our work.
As we prepare for World Refugee Day next Tuesday, June 20, we pray for a dramatic shift in our national conversation from one of fear and distrust of migrants and refugees to one that recognizes and affirms their inherent human dignity. The 9th Circuit ruling is a small start in this effort, but is a tenuous one. As Pope Francis so eloquently reminds us, “Behind these statistics are people, each of them with a name, a face, a story, an inalienable dignity which is theirs as a child of God.”
Read the entire article at CCUSA.