WASHINGTON— Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration, has issued the following statement congratulating President-elect, Donald Trump on his election and the need to continue to protect the inherent dignity of refugees and migrants.
Full statement follows.
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle and Chairman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration:
We would first like to congratulate President-elect Donald J. Trump and give our support for all efforts to work together to promote the common good, especially those to protect the most vulnerable among us. I personally pledge my prayers for Mr. Trump, all elected officials, and those who will work in the new administration. I offer a special word to migrant and refugee families living in the United States: be assured of our solidarity and continued accompaniment as you work for a better life.
believe the family unit is the cornerstone of society, so it is vital to
protect the integrity of the family. For this reason, we are reminded that
behind every "statistic" is a person who is a mother, father, son,
daughter, sister or brother and has dignity as a child of God. We pray that as
the new administration begins its role leading our country, it will recognize
the contributions of refugees and immigrants to the overall prosperity and
well-being of our nation. We will work to promote humane policies that protect
refugee and immigrants' inherent dignity, keep families together, and honor and
respect the laws of this nation.
and welcoming people fleeing violence and conflict in various regions of the
world is part of our identity as Catholics. The Church will continue this
life-saving tradition. Today, with more than 65 million people forcibly
displaced from their homes, the need to welcome refugees and provide freedom
from persecution is more acute than ever and our 80 dioceses across the country
are eager to continue this wonderful act of accompaniment born of our Christian
faith. We stand ready to work with a new administration to continue to ensure
that refugees are humanely welcomed without sacrificing our security or our
core values as Americans. A duty to welcome and protect newcomers, particularly
refugees, is an integral part of our mission to help our neighbors in need.
pray for President -elect Trump and all leaders in public life, that they may
rise to the responsibilities entrusted to them with grace and courage. And may
all of us as Catholics and Americans remain a people of solidarity with others
in need and a nation of hospitality which treats others as we would like to be