Executive Order on Immigration

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:

Cardinal Wuerl's reflection on the White House Executive Order

Archbishop Lori's letter on the Executive Order

Bishop Malooly's statement on the Executive Order on immigration 


Additional Coverage of the Church's position on this issue:

Bishop Vasquez, chairman of the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishop's committe on migration, welcomes federal appeals court ruling on refugee ban

Ongoing reaction by faith leaders from across the country 

Let the Children Come

USCCB Migration Report on Immigrant Detention

The U.S. immigrant detention system, which treats vulnerable immigrant detainees as criminals, needs extensive reforms, said representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Center for Migration Studies on May 11, 2015 as the USCCB released a report and policy recommendations. The report urged Congress and the administration to build a system that affords due process protections, honors human dignity and minimizes the use of detentions. Recommendations for changing the current detention system, can be found at http://www.usccb.org/about/migration-and-refugee-services/upload/unlocking-human-dignity.pdf

Statement from Catholic Bishops of Maryland

Bishops Call for Compassion in Addressing Needs of Vulnerable Immigrant Children

The familiar words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, "Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me," speak compellingly to us today as we witness the plight of the more than 50,000 unaccompanied children fleeing to our country to escape the violence and desperate poverty of their homelands. Here in Maryland the Catholic Church stands ready to answer Jesus' call to embrace the needs of these children and their families as we offer our welcome and assistance.

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All immigrants are our sisters and brothers and ought to be treated with compassion, dignity, and respect in our personal, daily interactions as well as in the policies we advocate for. We stand in solidarity with those who come to the U.S. -from unaccompanied minors making the dangerous journey to the U.S. to families who face a mixture of documented and undocumented statuses within their households. The Conference works to support agencies, organizations, and legislation that assist immigrants in integrating into society.

“They are human people, I stress this, who are appealing for solidarity and assistance, who need urgent action but also and above all understanding and kindness. God is good, let us imitate God. Their condition cannot leave us indifferent. Moreover, as Church we should remember that in tending the wounds of refugees, evacuees and the victims of trafficking, we are putting into practice the commandment of love that Jesus bequeathed to us when he identified with the foreigner, with those who are suffering, with all the innocent victims of violence and exploitation.” – Pope Francis, May 24, 2013