- Jan 22, 2020
Big cases this year involved the president’s travel ban, a same-sex wedding cake, gerrymandering, sports betting, cellphone tracking, union dues and pro-life pregnancy centers.
Out of all the refugees who arrived between President Trump’s inauguration and June 30, about half were Christians and 38 percent were Muslims, according to data released Wednesday (July 12). But when monthly figures are viewed, the data (originally from the U.S. State Department) reveals a steady decline for Muslims, from about 50 percent of refugees in February to 31 percent in June.
“At a time when we are most concerned about what’s happening in our political system, concerned about changes in certain segments of American society,” David Bernstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, said, “we are also most optimistic about the prospect for expanding our connections and developing a more cohesive interfaith community in this country.”
As President Donald Trump has signed executive orders temporarily banning immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries, Catholic advocates for immigrants look for new ways to help change the narrative on people coming into the country and look for new allies who share the same values.
Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, stated, “The revised order … still leaves many innocent lives at risk,” he said in the statement, and added that the bishops and the church “believe in assisting all those who are vulnerable and fleeing persecution, regardless of their religion.”
The U.S. bishops opposed the first travel ban as well as the second. In a March 6 statement, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, who is chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, said the bishops are “deeply troubled by the human consequences” of the executive order, even in its revised form, particularly as it pertains to refugees.