(Crux) On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a ruling on a religious freedom case that’s been hailed by Catholic leaders, other Church officials are decrying a separate decision that upheld at least parts of the Trump administration’s ban on travel by people from six majority-Muslim nations who have no ties to the United States.
“Today’s decision will have human consequences,” said Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration.
“While my brother bishops and I appreciate the court’s ruling to allow individuals who have a ‘bona fide relationship’ with a person or entity in the United States to continue arriving, we are deeply concerned about the welfare of the many other vulnerable populations who will now not be allowed to arrive and seek protection during the proscribed pause, most notably certain individuals fleeing religious persecution and unaccompanied refugee children,” he said.
“Going forward, as the Administration begins its review of the refugee program, we urge a transparent, efficient and timely review,” Vásquez said. “We ask that such review include civil society and refugee service providers as well as national security and immigration experts. We believe it is vital to utilize the full expertise of the existing resettlement program when conducting such an important evaluation.”
Catholic Relief Services, the official overseas development arm of the U.S. bishops, was similarly critical. [More]