Washington D.C., Aug 26, 2021 / 16:15 pm
A legal group representing Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley on Thursday praised a court decision halting Texas’ restrictions of Catholic ministry to migrants.
In July, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), a Catholic, issued an executive order restricting transportation of migrants in the state to law enforcement due to the the pandemic. Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley protested the order, saying that the state was blocking an essential part of its ministry to migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border.
On Thursday, federal district court Judge Kathleen Cardone granted a preliminary injunction on the state’s order, halting it from going into effect.
“The Governor should never have stood between the Church and suffering souls,” said Eric Rassbach, vice president and senior counsel at Becket, which filed an amicus brief in the case on behalf of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley.