INDIANAPOLIS—On June 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit largely affirmed a nationwide preliminary injunction against implementation of sections of the Administration's executive order that attempted to suspend and limit the U.S. refugee resettlement program and also attempted to ban the entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries.
A statement from Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the Committee on Migration regarding the Ninth Circuit ruling follows:
"I am heartened by the decision of
the 9th Circuit to maintain the temporary halt implementing certain provisions
of the March 6th Executive Order. Upholding the injunction will
allow us to continue welcoming and serving refugees fleeing persecution.
Together with my brother bishops, we believe it
is possible to simultaneously provide for the security of our country and have
a humane refugee policy that upholds our national heritage and moral
responsibility. We remain dedicated to accompanying and supporting our
brothers and sisters who for various reasons have been forced to leave their
homeland. We follow the example of Pope Francis and pledge to them "a duty of
justice, civility and solidarity."