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Jesuits Call for Just Treatment of Migrants in Shutdown Debate

January 24, 2019 — Migrants should not be used as political pawns in the negotiations over the current government shutdown, the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology (JCCU/OJE) and the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) said in a joint statement today.

“Many important issues regarding immigration policy have been brought into the negotiations over the current government shutdown,” the statement said. “It is imperative that lawmakers address them in a way that extends respect and solidarity to all those fleeing poverty, violence or instability in their home countries.”

As the U.S. Senate prepares to debate legislation that could end the government shutdown while significantly altering U.S. immigration policy, JCCU/OJE and ISN have joined other Catholic leaders and organizations calling on all elected officials to keep the dignity of immigrants and those migrating to the U.S. at the core of their proposals.


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In a statement issued the day after President Trump’s national television address, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, urged President Trump and Congress to end the shutdown while encouraging them to “advance legislation that shows compassion, keeps us safe, and protects the vulnerable.”

Cardinal DiNardo and Bishop Vásquez expressed encouragement that President Trump was open to providing legislative relief for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients but noted that the proposed relief was only temporary and left many people out.

Since the release of the USCCB statement, the Bishop’s Office of Migration and Refugee Services has released a call to action encouraging Catholics to oppose the Senate legislation known as the McConnell-Shelby Amendment 5, stating that it is “not a compassionate solution” and would “drastically undermine existing protections for the vulnerable.” 


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The JCCU/OJE and ISN also addressed the situation of asylum seekers in their joint statement, noting that policy proposals that limit migrants’ access to asylum in the United States are contrary to Catholic teachings, which has a long tradition of providing refuge to those facing persecution.

On the U.S.-Mexico border, the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), a bi-national ministry that serves asylum seekers and deportees, said that a resolution to the shutdown should not “come at the expense of our moral and religious imperative to maintain family unity and protect vulnerable individuals fleeing violence.”

In a statement issued earlier this week, KBI described the proposed legislation in the Senate, which was pitched by President Trump during his weekend television address, to be “unacceptable” because of its intent to revoke access to asylum for children and youth who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border, requiring them to instead utilize regional processing centers. Addressing the proposed funds for detention beds and additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement would also have a negative impact on children and families of immigrants currently in the U.S. [Source: Ignatian Solidarity Network]





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