Bishop Vasquez: Trump moves will 'tear families apart', harm communities


Link Boston Pilot:

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration criticized President Donald Trump’s executive memorandum to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying it would “put immigrant lives needlessly in harm’s way.”

Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration, also criticized Trump’s memorandum on a surge in immigrant detention and deportation forces, saying it would “tear families apart and spark fear and panic in communities”.

Trump signed the two executive memorandums on national security Jan. 25 during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security.

Earlier, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the wall, a cornerstone of Trump’s election campaign, would “stem the flow of drugs, crime and illegal immigration” along the southern border. He also said Trump’s top priority was the nation’s security.

But hours later, Bishop Vasquez issued a statement saying that construction of the wall would "make migrants, especially vulnerable women and children, more susceptible to traffickers and smugglers. Additionally, the construction of such a wall destabilizes the many vibrant and beautifully interconnected communities that live peacefully along the border.

“Instead of building walls, at this time, my brother bishops and I will continue to follow the example of Pope Francis. We will ‘look to build bridges between people, bridges that allow us to break down the walls of exclusion and exploitation.’”

During a February 2016 visit to Mexico, Pope Francis traveled to the U.S. border at Ciudad Juarez and pleaded for the plight of immigrants. He said those who refuse to offer safe shelter and passage were bringing about dishonor and self-destruction as their hearts hardened and they “lost their sensitivity to pain.”

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The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has taken issue with President Donald Trump’s plan for a wall at the Mexican border to stem the flow of immigrants.



So, is it the bishop’s opinion that we should leave our border unguarded so Mexican citizens can freely and safely travel here whenever they like? :confused:


This is very naïve on the bishop’s part. Most of the refugees from Syria are not women and young children - they are young men who are ripe for recruiting by ISIS and others. Some of the refugees coming over the border are from the Middle East and some too are gang members and drug dealers.

I wish the US bishops would show as much concern for families torn apart by violence done to them by illegal aliens. As in Kate Stanley who died in her father’s arms after being attacked by such a person. The family’s negligence lawsuit against SF was recently thrown out because SF is a sanctuary city.


Has Bishop Vasquez or any other bishops proposed anything remotely resembling a solution other than vague, ambiguous statements like, “building bridges” or “standing in solidarity with them” or “compassionate, comprehensive, common sense reform”?


In their defence, the USCCB’s website does call for more border security and enforcement of existing laws in addition to a pathway to citizenship.

Hiring more border guards and using surveillance drones would be better than building a wall. If you build a wall, then somebody will build a tunnel or simply use a ladder.


Apparently so. I wonder if he locks his doors at night before he goes to sleep?


It was an absurd idea to begin with and now we are seeing the relationship with our southern neighbor taking a rapid nose dive.


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