NEWARK — The Archbishop of Newark is speaking out against President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees from Muslim-majority countries.
Roman Catholic Cardinal Joseph Tobin also criticized Trump’s recent move to crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities,” which are locales that don’t cooperate with immigration authorities. That came as leaders in Newark and Jersey City — which are both in the Archdiocese — reiterated that they will continue to protect residents from deportation.
Tobin said Trump’s actions were “not rational acts” and called the orders “inhuman policies.” He also vowed to continue resettling refugees in the area.
Tobin made the comments in a statement issued Friday.
Tobin has long been an advocate for immigrants. While serving as the Indianapolis Archbishop, he defied then Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who is now Trump’s vice-president, in settling Syrian refugees in that city.