US Bishops Urge President and lawmakers to end government shutdown


Source: USCCB

As the longest government shutdown in history continues in America - leaving hundreds of thousands of people without pay for a second month and cuts to many essential services - Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of Houston, Texas, President of US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Bishop Joe S Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of USCCB Committee on Migration, have issued the following joint statement:

"We urge the President and lawmakers to end the shutdown. Political leaders must come together to ensure a bipartisan solution is reached which recognizes the economic struggle that many families are facing including those dependent on federal workers and those assisted by critical nutrition and housing programs.

We are encouraged by the President's openness to providing legislative relief for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients. However, we understand that the President's proposal would only provide temporary relief, leaving many in a continued vulnerable state. We believe that a permanent legislative solution for TPS holders and for all Dreamers is vital. Moreover, the proposal calls for the construction of a wall along the US border with Mexico, a proposal that our brother bishops on both sides of the US border with Mexico oppose, and it suggests changes in current law that would make it more difficult for unaccompanied children and asylum seekers to access protection.

Throughout our parishes, there are many DACA youth and TPS holders, who have lived substantial parts of their lives in the US contributing to this country. We listen and understand the fear and uncertainty they and their families face and the anguish that they are currently experiencing as their existing immigration protections hang in the balance and come to an end. Temporary relief will not ease those fears or quell that anxiety. It is for this reason that we have long advocated for comprehensive immigration reform; reform that will provide permanent solutions: including border security, protection for vulnerable unaccompanied children and asylum seekers, and a defined path to citizenship to enable our immigrant brothers and sisters to fully contribute to our society.

We look forward to reviewing the President's proposal in detail and hope to work with the White House and Congress to advance legislation that shows compassion, keeps us safe, and protects the vulnerable."



Tags: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo, Bishop Joe S Vásquez, President Donald Trump, Shutdown, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, DACA, Border, Mexico

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