Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of Venice, FL, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development issued a statement this week lamenting finalization of a new rule that would prohibit immigrants legally seeking citizenship status from receiving public benefits. Current administrative rules already limit the number of public benefits those seeking citizenship status can obtain. The new rule would prevent anyone seeking a green card from taking advantage of social service benefits programs like food stamps or Medicaid prior to obtaining citizenship. The bishops stated, "we believe the new rule is in tension with the dignity of the human person and the common good that all of us are called to support." The USCCB and Catholic Charities earlier this year submitted comments in opposition to the rule change. Several states have already filed suit challenging the new rule.
August 19, 2019 - 12:26pm