WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
- On Wednesday, the Catholic bishop called the separation of immigrant families “immoral” adding that the policy “will erode the capacity of asylum to save lives.”
- The statement was delivered by Cardinal DiNardo during the USCCB’s spring general assembly in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The Catholic Church directed its latest criticism on the present administration at the rough immigration enforcement strategies under President Donald Trump.
On his statement, the Cardinal centered his attention to two things—the “zero tolerance” policy for illegal border entries, leading to children being taken away from their parents; and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision earlier this week that “generally” asylum-seekers should not receive relief on the basis of domestic or gang violence, according to the Huffington Post.
“At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life,” DiNardo said during Wednesday’s assembly.
He also urged “courts and policymakers to respect and enhance, not erode, the potential of our asylum system to preserve and protect the right to life.”
The USCCB president has called on the administration to discontinue separating families at the border. DiNardo mentioned that he agrees with Bishop Joe Vásquez, who chairs USCCB’s Committee on Migration.
“Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral,” the USCCB president said.
Hundreds of children have already been pulled away from their parents. In many instances, these parents were not advised where their children were taken to. The administration is claiming that separation must be done so parents can be prosecuted, even for just misdemeanors, to avoid putting them in immigrant detention.
“While protecting our borders is important, we can and must do better as a government, and as a society, to find other ways to ensure that safety,” DiNardo said.
Earlier this month, the United Nations office for the high commissioner for human rights also condemned family separations as “counter to human rights standards and principles.”
But Trump administration officials have remained firm that the policies they are implementing are necessary to ban illegal immigration.
“The world will know what our rules are, and great numbers will no longer undertake this dangerous journey,” Sessions said.
“The number of illegal aliens and the number of baseless claims will fall. I’m confident that’s true,” he continued. “A virtuous cycle will be created, rather than a vicious cycle of expanding illegality.”
Source: Huffington Post