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Offbeat Catholic Leader Calls Separation Of Families 'Immoral'

15:26  14 june  2018
15:26  14 june  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

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The President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has condemned the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border as " immoral " and hit out at a new policy shift making it more difficult for victims of violence to be granted asylum.

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U.S. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo listens during a press conference at the North American College on March 5, 2013 in Rome. DiNardo has condemned the Trump administration's policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border as 'immoral.': GettyImages-163133383 © ANDREAS SOLARO,ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty GettyImages-163133383 The President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has condemned the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border as "immoral" and hit out at a new policy shift making it more difficult for victims of violence to be granted asylum. 

In a statement shared online, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo said that "while protecting our borders is important" separating families is "not the answer." 

"Families are the foundational element of society and they must be able to stay together," DiNardo said in his statement. 

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Making family separation a point of government policy is unacceptable and immoral . The ACLU has filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in San Diego, calling for a halt to separations and for reunification of families .

I call on all leaders of our church to contact their representatives. Ask them not to abdicate their responsibility. “As women of faith, as Catholic sisters, we strongly oppose the Trump administration’s decision to Congress must act now to end the immoral practice of family separation at the border.

"While protecting our borders is important, we can and must do better as a government, and as a society, to find other ways to ensure that safety," he continued. 

"Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and it is immoral," the cardinal added in the statement, which was released at the conference's spring meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

DiNardo also said Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent decision to overturn asylum protections for victims of domestic and gang violence "elicits deep concern," saying the move "potentially strips asylum from many women who lack adequate protection." 

"Unless overturned, the decision will erode the capacity of asylum to save lives," DiNardo warned, asserting that asylum is an "instrument to preserve the right to life." 

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I call on all leaders of our church to contact their representatives. Ask them not to abdicate their responsibility. “As women of faith, as Catholic sisters, we strongly oppose the Trump administration’s decision to Congress must act now to end the immoral practice of family separation at the border.

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In a 31-page June 11 ruling, Sessions overturned a decision to grant asylum to a Salvadoran woman seeking refuge in the U.S. after fleeing physical and sexual assault from her husband. 

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The move set a new precedent, which Sessions told immigration judges he expected them to maintain, while speaking at an annual Executive Office for Immigration Review Legal Training Program meeting on Monday.

The attorney general insisted that the asylum system is being "abused to the detriment of the rule of law" and lamented how "saying a few simple words—claiming a fear of return—is now transforming a straightforward arrest for illegal entry and immediate return into a prolonged legal process, where an alien may be released from custody into the United States and possibly never show up for an immigration hearing."

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Legislative obstruction in the face of preventable suffering and death is not only a failure of leadership . It is immoral and shameful. Are we deaf to the cries of families and aspiring Americans separated by a broken system? We stand with U.S. Catholic bishops who will celebrate Mass on Capitol Hill

Catholic cardinal calls separating mothers and children at border ' immoral '. For example, Bishop Joe Vásquez, who chairs the conference's Committee on Migration, spoke out against forced family separations earlier in June, saying they are "contrary to our Catholic values."

He said an asylum applicant "seeking to establish persecution based on violent conduct of a private actor must show more than the government's difficulty controlling private behavior."

"The applicant must show that the government condoned the private actions or demonstrated an inability to protect the victims," Sessions added.

Urging courts and policymakers to "respect and enhance, not erode, the potential of our asylum system to preserve and protect the right to life," DiNardo said that unless Sessions' decision is overturned, "vulnerable women will now face return to the extreme dangers of domestic violence in their home country."

He added that the ruling "negates decades of precedents that hae provided protection to women fleeing domestic violence."

In his speech to immigration lawyers, Sessions maintained that "no country provides its citizens with complete security from private criminal activity, and perfect protection is not required." 

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