The chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration said the country’s Catholic bishops are “deeply concerned” about the consequences of the US Supreme Court’s decision to allow a partial ban on foreign nationals as it reviews the constitutionality of a wider ban.
“Today’s decision will have human consequences,” said Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, of Austin, Texas, following the US Supreme Court’s announcement that in October it will hear a case involving President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which seeks to delay entry into the country by immigrants, including refugees, from six majority-Muslim countries. It also seeks to suspend, for a time, the entry of all refugees.
The court announced on 26th June that until its hears the case in the fall and weighs a decision, it would allow part of the ban to be implemented and some “foreign nationals” will be barred from entering the country, but that determination will be made depending on the applicant’s previous relationships with a person or institution in the US. The administration says it needs to implement the ban while it reviews the refugee resettlement program and its vetting procedures.
Picture: A news assistant runs past the US Supreme Court in Washington after the justices announced they would hear President Donald Trump’s travel ban case in October and also said that in the meantime, a limited version of the ban could take effect while the legal battle continues. (CNS photo/Yuri Gripas, Reuters).