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REFLECTIONS
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CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF U.S./MEXICO BORDER RESPOND TO NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYMENT

In response to the order from President Trump to put the National Guard on the border, the Catholic Bishops in that area have made this statement:

April 6, 2018

We are deeply concerned by the announcement that the National Guard will be deployed on the U.S./Mexico Border. The continued militarization of the U.S./Mexico Border distorts the reality of life on the border; this is not a war zone but instead is comprised of many peaceful and law-abiding communities that are also generous in their response to human suffering. We recognize the right of nations to control and secure their borders; we also recognize the need of nations to respect the rule of law. Current law in the United States rightly provides that those arriving to our country fleeing persecution are entitled to due-process as their claims are reviewed. Seeking refuge from persecution and violence in search of a peaceful life for oneself and one's family is not a crime. Our faith calls us to respond with compassion to those who suffer, and to live in a spirit of solidarity with all human beings. We remain hopeful that our local, state, and federal officials will work collaboratively and prudently in the implementation of this deployment, ensuring that the presence of the National Guard is measured and not disruptive to community life. We are also deeply concerned that at this time divisive rhetoric often promotes the dehumanization of immigrants, as if all were threats and criminals. We urge Catholics and people of good will to look past the dehumanizing rhetoric regarding immigrants and remember that they are a vulnerable population, our neighbors, and our sisters and brothers in Christ.

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller
Bishop Michael J. Sis
Bishop Mark J. Seitz
Bishope Robert W. McElroy
Bishop Daniel E. Flores
Bishop James Tamayo
Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger
Bishop Oscar Cantu

LEARN ABOUT THE SANCTUARY MOVEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES

Here is a link that may be of interest to those who are wanting to learn more about the sanctuary movement in the United States:

http://sanctuarynotdeportation.org

WHY A POPE FRANCIS VALUES REFLECTION GUIDE?

As we live out this Jubilee Year of Mercy and the United States enters into the 2016 election season, Americans face a myriad of choices between competing visions for our nation's future. As Catholics, we are called by our faith to engage in this election. Pope Francis says that "a good Catholic meddles in politices, offering the best of one's self so that those who govern can govern well."

Our faith offers a specific vision for the common good. It isn't theoretical or abstract. it's rooted in the story and person of Jesus Christ. In short, the entire social vision of the Catholic Church is this: in Jesus, God became poor to save humanity from every form of oppression. We must do likewise.

We invite our fellow Christians and all people to consider carefully how candidates do, and do not, embrace the vision of Jesus and the values of God's beloved community, and to make prudential judgments about which candidates best reflect Christian love.

This guide is offered to help inform our brothers and sisters about their specifically political vocation as Catholic Christians in the United States. Please feel free to share it widely.

To access the guide, click on the following link:

http://popefrancis16.com/