Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle Speaks Out About Receiving Refugees

Betty Sundry,CDP, a dedicated seeker of peace and justice sent me this article on immigration that appeared in the Washington, Post. It is  written by Eusebio Elizondo, the auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration and suggests that the way we treat children on our borders reflects what and who we value as U.S. Americans.

One point Fr. Elizondo makes is something about which I have also wondered. He says, 

“Sadly, Congress and the Obama administration are twisted in knots over a situation that many nations around the world handle as a matter of course. The difference is that other nations receive millions of refugees, not just thousands. Lebanon, for example — a country of 4.5 million — has receivedmore than 1 million Syrian refugees in the past two years. Can we not do right by a much smaller population?”

 

Not only that, Fr. Elizondo also points out that our own nation has urged other nations to receive refugees in order to protect human rights, but when people appear at our own border, some advocate calling out the National Guard.

If you wish to read the rest of this piece, Here is the link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-we-treat-vulnerable-children-on-the-border-displays-americas-values/2014/07/30/ae50f0ba-1672-11e4-85b6-c1451e622637_story.html?wpmk=MK0000200

Thank you Sr. Betty!

 

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