Catholic Social Services Stands in Solidarity with Immigrants and their Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Catholic Social Services joins its voice to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to raise concerns about President Donald J. Trump’s executive order to construct a wall at the U.S./Mexico border, increase immigrant detention and deportation, and halt funding to sanctuary cities.

Catholic Social Services has a long history of caring for the migrant and refugee population with compassion, and our programs continue to serve immigrants and refugees in our community today. We are a nation of immigrants – a nation of people dedicated to creating better lives for our families. “As Catholics, we are called to care for the poor and for those who are most vulnerable with the utmost compassion and respect,” said President and CEO, Rachel Lustig. “We embrace our Catholic values of accompaniment and encounter and believe all people are created in the image and likeness of God.”

Ramona Reyes, the Director of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center for Catholic Social Services said, “We even see fear from those who are United States citizens, because they worry they will be deported or that their family members will be broken up or never able to join them in the United States. We see the harm this executive order could inflict by tearing families apart or sending children home to an empty house.”

As Pope Francis stated in a congratulatory letter to President Trump, “At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding farsighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide.”

Catholic Social Services stands by our US Bishop’s and Pope Francis’s words, in solidarity with immigrants and their families, and will continue to be dedicated to providing hope and dignity for all.

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