Washington D.C., Aug 13, 2021 / 16:04 pm
Catholic organizations claim a Texas public health order infringes on their religious mission of helping migrants.
Last month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed an executive order prohibiting anyone but law enforcement from transporting migrants, following their release from federal custody. He cited the pandemic as a reason for the order. The order has been halted from going into effect by a federal court until Aug. 27.
In response, the bishop of Brownsville in Texas - a border diocese - said that Catholics must be free to help migrants.
“We want to stop the spread of COVID-19 as much as the state does,” Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, said in a statement on Friday. “But for that to happen, we need the government to let us do what Christ called us to do: minister to the strangers among us in their time of distress.”