Biden’s new border restrictions ‘dangerous, immoral and illegal’, Catholic leaders say

(Catholic Herald. John Lavenburg).

Catholic leaders have said that President Joe Biden’s new executive actions which will limit illegal immigration in order to gain control of the southern border, disregard U.S. asylum law, and will have serious human consequences. Most notably, Biden’s executive actions will bar migrants who cross the southern border unlawfully from receiving asylum, at least until the numbers of people trying to enter are reduced to meet certain thresholds. Migrants who apply at ports of entry are exempt from the new rules. Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference Committee on Migration, said in a June 4 statement that the conference is “deeply disturbed” by Biden’s executive actions, and called on the president to “reverse course and recommit his administration to policies that respect the human life and dignity of migrants, both within and beyond our borders”. Seitz argues that while a country has a right and responsibility to maintain its borders and regulate immigration, it cannot come at the expense of humanitarian needs of those who flee their countries.

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