USCCB President Denounces Recent Immigration Actions and Change to Asylum Rules

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Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement this weekcondemning recent Trump administration threats of deportation action against immigrant families, and a proposal of the administration to change federal regulations on asylum seekers. The new rule would change longstanding U.S. policy by prohibiting those seeking asylum in the U.S. who have traveled through another country from being eligible to apply for protected status in the U.S.   

"The rule adds further barriers to asylum-seekers' ability to access life-saving protection, shirks our moral duty, and will prevent the United States from taking its usual leading role in the international community as a provider of asylum protection. Further, while still reviewing the rule, initial analysis raises serious questions about its legality," DiNardo said. On behalf of the bishops' Conference, DiNardo asked the President to reconsider the rule, reminding him that offering asylum to those seeking refuge is an essential part of our national and Christian heritage.

July 22, 2019 - 7:37am
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