Pax Christi USA opposes the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold President Trump’s Muslim ban. Trump has spewed caustic remarks against people who are Muslim since the beginning of his campaign for president, and now we see his spoken word becoming policy and law. This unjust law upheld by the Supreme Court disregards the life and dignity of human persons, families and especially at this time our Muslims sisters and brothers. This policy goes against the Gospel and Catholic Social Teachings which are foundational principles of Pax Christi USA.
What Trump touts as a “travel ban” or as a policy that “keeps the US safe” is actually racism, hatred, and a denial to refugees. Because of this ban, refugees from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela can no longer come to the US. Many of these countries are war torn and people are in desperate need of relief. Pax Christi USA does not believe in an America that closes its borders to people in grave need.
Sadly, this is one of many Trump policies created to keep people of color and people in grave need out of the US and is a continued rejection of how this country, a nation of immigrants, was built. We believe in an America that espouses the words of Emma Lazarus, engraved at the base of the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Pax Christi USA will work endlessly for our country to embrace and return to these values.
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