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2017 Nonpublic Schools Advocacy Day
More than 1,300 nonpublic school students filled Lawyers Mall and the House and Senate Office buildings on March 2 for Nonpublic Schools Advocacy Day. The students visisted with their lawmakers to advocate for increased funding for their schools, rallied and got to take selfies with Governor Hogan. In his fiscal 2018 budget, Hogan proposed expanding the BOOST (Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today) Scholarship program from $5 million to $7 million. In its first year, BOOST helped nearly 2,500 low-income students attend the school best fit for them.
Executive Order on Immigration
FEBRUARY 2017 - 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:
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
Each Friday during the Legislative Session and monthly throughout the rest of the year, the Maryland Catholic Conference publishes "The Catholic Voice," an e-letter to keep you informed of our work.
Read past editions below.