How to Respond to the Immigration Bans
I just searched three of the top Catholic websites to see if there were articles about the Trump Immigration Bans. I wanted to see if I could find some advice for campus ministers. Instead, there was nothing there.
If college students are talking about these things, why are we so hesitant to discuss them?
Only when I went to America Magazine's home page did I find a reference to Cardinal Cupich's statement in response to the bans.
Relevant Magazine has this piece about nationalism and whether or not it's Biblical.
I suggest that we facilitate more dialogue rather than less. We should not be afraid to discuss these things but should keep a few things in mind:
- The Trump Administration has issued a temporary ban on seven countries that, as with the Obama administration, have primarily a Muslim population. See: The Trump Ban: Here's What You Need to Know (CNN).
- In addition, the Administration has issued a temporary ban on refugees. See: 5 Questions About The Law And Trump's Immigration Order (NPR).
- The US Bishops have been vocally against not only the refugee ban but also the recent articulation of a wall to be built on the US/Mexico border. The US Bishops argue that the refugee ban harms both families and those who are most vulnerable such as children and women (See: USCCB Committee On Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Executive Order Because It Harms Vulnerable Refugee And Immigrant Families (USCCB).
- One can be both patriotic and Christian. It's a moral issue to protect our borders. It's also a moral issue to welcome those that we can into our own country. 100% open borders should not be our goal, nor should we seek a nation that is completely closed off from others. A charitable, safe middle ground ought to be the desired goal.
How are you addressing these concerns on your campus?