Bishop: Don't separate immigrant families

Published: June 19, 2018

Ask Congress to Protect Immigrant Children and Families

Bishop Taylor is asking all Catholics to call their U.S. house representative at (202) 225-3121 and U.S. senators at (202) 224-3121, or e-mail them through the website above, and ask them to protect immigrant children and families seeking safety and shelter from violence by keeping these families together.

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Bishop Anthony B. Taylor released the following statement, June 19, regarding the decision to separate immigrant children from their parents when they enter the country.

"This latest action of our government in separating children from their parents shows us clearly the depths of the depravity that sets in when, year after year, we deny people their basic human rights — in this case, the right to immigrate when desperate circumstances so require.

"People fleeing intolerable situations should be welcomed with open arms and a generous heart. Instead the heart of many Americans has hardened so thoroughly that we would even separate innocent children from parents who have made great sacrifices in an attempt to secure for them a better life — people in many ways no different from our own immigrant ancestors!

"Lord, give us a new heart and place a new spirit within us. Remove our heart of stone and give us a heart of flesh. (See Ezekiel 36:26)."

Sincerely in Christ,
+Anthony B. Taylor
Bishop of Little Rock