Recently President Donald Trump has said that there is no more room for immigrants in the United States. He has made the pronouncement in specific reference to refugees from three Central American countries who travel through Mexico hoping to find a new home in the United States.
On its face, the statement is without merit. The United States has plenty of room. In fact, among some sectors of our people there is a population decline. In addition, the President has aimed his comments at one particular group of immigrants. Immigrants from other parts of the world continue to enter the country without opposition from Mr. Trump.
This contradiction is marked graphically by our having the Statue of Liberty at one end of the country, welcoming immigrants, and a wall at the other end, keeping them out.
In Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua there is significant political disorder, violence and repression, as well as persistent crop failures. Ordinary people are trying to escape, just as my Irish ancestors escaped the ravages of the potato famine in the middle of the nineteenth century. (They weren’t wanted here either.)
Obviously there needs to be an orderly and lawful process of immigration. Our divided Congress needs to come together to pass substantial immigration reform legislation that will improve the situation. As a representative of the Good Shepherd, I also hope that our President will demonstrate a more compassionate and fair spirit in this matter.
Catholic Social Teaching
Solidarity: We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace
US Conference of Catholic Bishops