President Trump announced on Friday that he will issue an order stating his intention to make use of funds previously appropriated for other purposes to fund the construction of a border wall at the US/Mexico border that Congress has refused to fund. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Joe S Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, issued the following joint statement in response:
"We are deeply concerned about the President's action to fund the construction of a wall along the US/Mexico border, which circumvents the clear intent of Congress to limit funding of a wall. We oppose the use of these funds to further the construction of the wall. The wall first and foremost is a symbol of division and animosity between two friendly countries. We remain steadfast and resolute in the vision articulated by Pope Francis that at this time we need to be building bridges and not walls."
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