Catholic Bishops, Franklin Graham, Denounce Separation of Illegal Immigrant Families

CNS News | 6/15/2018 | Staff
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( - In strongly worded statements, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as prominent evangelical leader Rev. Franklin Graham, have denounced an immigration policy that separates illegal immigrant children from their parents.

As reported by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo stated that “asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life” and that illegal immigrant families ought to be able to stay together considering that “families are the foundational element of our society.”

Cardinal - DiNardo - Statement

Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement can be seen below:

"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.

Bishop - Joe - Vásquez - Chairman - USCCB

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...
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