Washington D.C., Jan 8, 2023 / 09:48 am
On the eve of President Joe Biden’s scheduled Sunday visit to the U.S.-Mexico border to meet with local officials and border enforcement agents, the U.S. Catholic bishops announced their opposition to the administration’s recent crackdown on illegal immigration to the United States.
Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’s (USCCB) Committee on Migration, issued a statement on behalf of the bishops Friday, a day after President Joe Biden unveiled new stricter immigration rules.
“We urge the administration to reverse its present course in favor of humane solutions that recognize the God-given dignity of migrants and provide equitable access to immigration and humanitarian pathways,” the statement said.
Biden announced Thursday that the U.S. will step up enforcement at the border and begin to turn away Cubans, Nicaraguans, and Haitians who try to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.