UPDATED Feb. 10.
WASHINGTON (CNS) — This morning the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration welcomed the federal appeals court ruling Feb. 9 that upheld a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump’s travel ban on refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries that also temporarily suspended the country’s refugee resettlement program.
And here’s more reaction to Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order intended to restrict the entry of terrorists coming to the United States in the guise of refugees:
— Catholic colleges and universities all over the country also have weighed in. The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities has a statement here. The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities website has links to statements from individual schools here.
Right after Trump’s issued his order, the action brought quick response from Catholic and other religious leaders. Trump’s executive action suspends the entire U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days and bans entry of all citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries — Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia — for 90 days. It also establishes religious criteria for refugees, proposing to give priority to religious minorities over others who may have equally compelling refugee claims.
After a federal judge in Seattle Feb. 3 temporarily halted Trump’s denial of entry to those traveling to the U.S. from the seven majority-Muslim countries, the administration appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, based in San Francisco. The circuit court heard oral arguments late Feb. 7 and a decision was still pending. Court battles will continue in the days ahead.
Statements of reaction from Catholic bishops and other faith leaders have continued to pour forth. Here are links to many of them:
— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president and vice president, respectively, of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a joint statement. Archbishop Gomez also discussed Trump’s action in a column on the Los Angeles archdiocesan media platform, Angelus. Even before Trump was inaugurated, Archbishop Gomez on Jan. 20, the eve of the new president’s swearing-in, urged a new recognition of the humanity of immigrants.
— Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration.
— Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of Springfield, Massachusetts, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico — chairmen of bishops committees on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Religious Liberty (ad hoc) and International Justice and Peace. Archbishop Lori also wrote an open letter to Catholics in his archdiocese addressing the new reality for refugees. Bishop Rozanski also issued a separate statement. And in his diocese, Bishop Cantu led a prayer service.
— Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey. Besides that statement on the Newark archdiocese website, the cardinal wrote an opinion piece (updated yesterday) that appeared on The Record daily newspaper’s website, NorthJersey.com.
— Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, who wrote a blog post on the issue and an opinion piece in the Boston Globe, headlined “Doing What Is Just for Immigrants.” The cardinal also joined Muslim leaders and public officials in solidarity and prayer Feb. 2.
— New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan writes in the New York Daily News about the Catholic Church’s consistent ethic of life and how it holds lessons for both Trump, whose executive action closing America’s door to refugees the cardinal called “impetuous and terribly unfair,” and for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has proposed a “radical extension” of abortion in the Empire State.
— Arizona’s bishops issued a joint statement.
— Here are statements by other California bishops: Monterey Bishop Richard J. Garcia, Monterey; Orange Bishop Kevin W. Vann, writing as chairman of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, or CLINIC; San Bernardino Bishop Gerald J. Barnes; Bishop Robert W. McElroy, San Diego.
— In Florida, Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of St. Petersburg presided over a prayer service for migrants and refugees.
— In Texas, in the Star-Telegram newspaper, Bishop Michael F. Olson wrote this opinion piece.
— In Washington state, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle issued a joint letter.
Many Catholic and interfaith organizations also have issued statements in reaction to Trump’s executive action on refugees. Here’s a sampling: Catholic Charities USA; Catholic Theological Society of America’s board of directors: and more than 3,500 religious leaders have signed a letter to Trump and Congress supporting refugee resettlement.