USCCB Committee on Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Executive Order Because It Harms Vulnerable Refugee and Immigrant Families

President Donald J. Trump issued today an Executive Order addressing the U.S. refugee admissions program and migration to the United States, generally. The executive order virtually shuts down the refugee admissions program for 120 days, reduces the number of refugees to be admitted to the United States this year from 110,000 to 50,000 individuals, and indefinitely suspends the resettlement of Syrian refugees. In addition, it prioritizes religious minorities suffering from religious persecution, thereby deprioritizing all other persons fleeing persecution; calls for a temporary bar on admission to the United States from a number of countries of particular concern (all Muslim majority); and imposes a yet-to-be determined new vetting process for all persons seeking entry to the United States.

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Bishop Estévez and Faithful of the Diocese Joins Thousands at National March for Life in Washington, D.C.

January 26, 2017

The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held beginning today (Jan. 26) through Friday morning, January 27, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. More than 20,000 pilgrims from around the nation include several hundred young adults from the Diocese of St. Augustine, will pray there for an end to abortion before the annual March for Life. The Vigil marks the 44th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion nationwide. Since those decisions, more than 57 million abortions have been performed legally in the United States.

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