Catholic leaders in the United States said a Trump administration plan to limit the issuance of immigrant visas for people from six African and Asian nations “undermines family reunification” and will make it more difficult to support migrants forced from their homeland.
“We note with particular sadness and have witnessed firsthand the trauma of family separation that occurs with travel bans, which will only increase with this new proclamation,” officials with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and three Catholic agencies that work widely with migrant families said in a statement.
Joining in the statement were: Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the USCCB; Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville of Washington, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Migration; Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of Scranton, Pennsylvania, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; Bishop Jamie Soto of Sacramento, California, chairman of the board of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.; Dominican Sr Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA; and Sean Callahan, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services.
Beginning on 22nd February, the policy changes will affect people seeking to travel to the US from Eritrea, Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Sudan and Tanzania.
Picture: Airplanes are seen at Boeing Field in Seattle on 21st March 2019. The Trump administration announced on 31st January 2020, it will impose travel restrictions on some visas for people from Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, Eritrea, Sudan and Myanmar who want to come to the United States. (CNS photo/Lindsey Wasson, Reuters).