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Cardinal DiNardo's statement on new asylum, immigration policies

Joins fellow bishop in calling family separation 'immoral'

FORT LAUDERDALE | Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued this statement June 13, at the start of the U.S. bishops' spring meeting, held this year in Fort Lauderdale:

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“At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life. The Attorney General’s recent decision elicits deep concern because it potentially strips asylum from many women who lack adequate protection. These vulnerable women will now face return to the extreme dangers of domestic violence in their home country. This decision negates decades of precedents that have provided protection to women fleeing domestic violence. Unless overturned, the decision will erode the capacity of asylum to save lives, particularly in cases that involve asylum seekers who are persecuted by private actors. We urge courts and policy makers to respect and enhance, not erode, the potential of our asylum system to preserve and protect the right to life. 

“Additionally, I join Bishop Joe Vásquez, Chairman of USCCB’s Committee on Migration, in condemning the continued use of family separation at the U.S./Mexico border as an implementation of the Administration’s zero tolerance policy.  Our government has the discretion in our laws to ensure that young children are not separated from their parents and exposed to irreparable harm and trauma.  Families are the foundational element of our society and they must be able to stay together. While protecting our borders is important, we can and must do better as a government, and as a society, to find other ways to ensure that safety. Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral.”

Comments from readers

Marcia Braun - 06/19/2018 04:31 PM
I am proud and grateful that the Archdiocese of Miami has taken a leadership role in this grave issue of our government separating migrant children from their parents. We must absolutely make our voices heard. Our democracy ensures that we have that right. You can reach Senator Marco Rubio (R) at his DC office by calling this phone number: 202 224-3041. We MUST get involved . . as we know what can happen when "good people stand by and do nothing." Marcia Braun Blessed Trinity Parish Miami Springs

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