U.S. Bishop Chairmen Voice Opposition to Proclamation that Further Restricts Immigration and Family Reunification

Last Friday, the president issued a proclamation restricting the issuance of immigrant visas to people from Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria. People from Sudan and Tanzania will no longer be eligible for certain visas to come to the United States, commonly called "Diversity Visas."

The chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a statement this week in opposition to this proclamation.

"The proclamation restricting immigration further undermines family reunification efforts and will make ensuring support for forced migrants in the designated countries more difficult. This proclamation also serves as a painful reminder of the 2017 ban which threatened our country's founding principle of religious freedom. Over the last three years, waivers to allow visas from current travel ban nations based on undue hardship (such as family illness) were supposed to be available but were almost never authorized. We note with particular sadness and have witnessed firsthand the trauma of family separation that occurs with travel bans, which will only increase with this new proclamation."

To read the full statement, visit the USCCB website.

February 7, 2020 - 10:42am
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