WASHINGTON- In response to the executive order on immigration signed by President Donald Trump, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a joint statement expressing their solidarity with those affected, especially those in the Muslim community.
“It is our conviction as followers of the Lord Jesus that welcoming the stranger and protecting the vulnerable lie at the core of the Christian life. And so, to our Muslim brothers and sisters and all people of faith, we stand with you and welcome you.”
Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and Chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and Most Reverend Oscar Cantú, Bishop of Las Cruces and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace conveyed their concern that the order protect everyone without discrimination.
“We also express our firm resolution that the Order’s stated preference for ‘religious minorities’ should be applied to protect not only Christians where they are minority, but all religious minorities who suffer persecution.”
The bishops also recognize the United States government’s duty to protect its citizens but also highlight the need to utilize means that respect religious liberty and protect the lives of those who flee violence and persecutions.