The chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration committee said he agrees with concerns raised by US bishops on the southern border about President Donald Trump’s call to deploy National Guard troops to the region.
‘Current law entitles those fleeing persecution and arriving in our country to due process as their claims are reviewed,’ Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, said in a statement.
He reiterated the 6th April statement by eight Catholic bishops from US-Mexico border states that said: ‘Seeking refuge from persecution and violence in search of a peaceful life for oneself and one’s family is not a crime.’
Bishop Vasquez also noted, ‘Our faith calls us to respond with compassion to those who suffer and seek safe haven; we ask our government to do the same as it seeks to safely and humanely secure the border.’
The US bishops who signed the 6th April statement about military troops at the border were: Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio and four other Texas bishops, including Bishops Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Michael J. Sis of San Angelo, James Tamayo of Laredo and Mark J. Sietz of El Paso. Other signers included Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger of Tucson, Arizona, Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Picture: A Border Patrol vehicle is seen close to the current border fence in Sunland Park, N.M., in this photo taken on 4th April from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (CNS photo/Jose Luis Gonzalez, Reuters).