The temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim countries is dead, at least for the time being, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) couldn’t be happier.
Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, who is the USCCB’s chair of the Committee on Migration, issued a statement saying:
We welcome the decision of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. We respect the rule of law and the American judicial process. We remain steadfast in our commitment to resettling refugees and all those fleeing persecution. At this time, we remain particularly dedicated to ensuring that affected refugee and immigrant families are not separated and that they continue to be welcomed to our country. We will continue to welcome the newcomer as it is a vital part of our Catholic faith and an enduring element of our American values and tradition.
By ignoring the national security issues that this “refugee” influx poses, Vazquez’s statement was sadly typical of USCCB communiqués on immigration issues. He spoke about the Church’s “commitment to resettling refugees and all those fleeing persecution,” but about those refugees who are coming in order to persecute non-Muslims, Vazquez was silent.