Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark has a new article on Trump’s immigration ban:
The stark, clear and urgent language of Scripture impels my brother bishops and me to call on the federal government to alter its executive actions, and instead craft a well-conceived and comprehensive approach to immigration and refugee-resettlement reform that both protects our people and national security and treats newcomers and refugees with respect, mercy, love and kindness.
The reasons for our objections and our call for a better approach are easy to understand. Any ban that endangers the lives of people who have served alongside U.S. forces in Iraq, for example, can only result in Iraqi men, women and children being killed solely because they chose to help the United States. As a result, U.S. forces will be more at risk, because Iraqis who at one time would work with them will refuse to do so out of fear.
These executive actions tear families apart. Among the more moving moments during the past weekend were television images of people, already approved by the government to live or travel here, being stopped and led away in airports, and family members learning that their loved ones – children, wives, husbands, siblings, friends – were removed from airplanes and detained.