President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order in January that suspended for 120 days the entry into the United States of foreign nationals from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. It also reduced the number of refugees to be admitted to the United States, indefinitely suspending the resettlement of Syrian refugees, and called for stricter vetting and review procedures for people in these populations. In the United States, the Catholic Church was founded by immigrant communities who have always found a home in their local parish. Today, the Church in Maryland continues to welcome and embrace newcomers to our country, and to advocate on their behalf.
Our leaders of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Diocese of Wilmington have all issued statements on the Executive Order. Read each one below: